Australia's age of consent varies between 16 and 17 depending on which territory you are in, and the same goes for America where it ranges from 16 to 18 between different states. A year-old was acquitted of raping a year-old because there was no evidence of her being coerced. The age of consent is 16 regardless of gender or sexual orientation according to Sexual Offences Act "It is an offence for anyone to have any sexual activity with a person under the age of 16," it says. Sexual acts with a minor can be prosecuted as sexual offences under current laws but the prosecutor must prove it was non-consensual, The Week reports. Hence why France wanted a change.
So what are the ages of consent around the world and why could it change?
What is the age of consent worldwide and could the UK's be lowered?
Cancer Young millionaire who gave away his fortune after cancer diagnosis has died, aged Downing Street said the current age protected children and there "are no plans to change it". The age of consent is 16 regardless of gender or sexual orientation according to Sexual Offences Act "It is an offence for anyone to have any sexual activity with a person under the age of 16," it says. Latest done deals and rumours including Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United Transfer news and rumours are coming thick and fast as teams are looking to get their summer business done ahead of the World Cup. Dangerous driving Woman fighting for her life and five others in serious condition as toll of Manchester car accident revealed A year-old man has been arrested after the incident in Europa Way, Trafford Park on Thursday. In Professor John Ashton said there was an argument for lowering the age from 16 in an effort to "draw a line in the sand" against sex at 14 or younger.