What is age of consent? Age of consent is the minimum age which a person is considered legally competent to consent to sexual acts. As a result, if someone older engages in sexual acts with a minor under the age of consent, then this activity may be considered statutory rape. This is because the person younger than the age of consent cannot legally say this act was consensual.
Spain raises age of consent for marriage and sex to 16
Spain set to raise age of consent from 13 to 15 - The Local
Adults embarking on sexual relationships with those under 15 would be liable to be arrested for the crime of child abuse, under the new proposal. Spain remains one of Europe's most permissive countries regarding teenage matrimony and consensual sex. But the murder of a year-old girl by her year-old lover in the village of El Salobral Albacete sparked a debate over the age of consent. While Spain has one of the lowest ages of consent, it is far from being the only country in Europe to grapple with what age should be the legal minimum for consensual sex. In Sweden , where the age of consent is 15, uncertainties over how to interpret the law have led to young Swedish teens engaging in consensual sex being dragged into court. In , a year-old boy was convicted for having sex with his year-old girlfriend, even though there was only an month age difference between the two.
From 11 to 21: ages of consent around the world
The ages of consent vary by jurisdiction across Europe. The ages of consent are currently set between 14 and The vast majority of countries set their ages in the range of 14 to 16; only four countries, Cyprus 17 , Ireland 17 , Turkey 18 and Vatican City 18 , do not fit into this pattern. The laws can also stipulate the specific activities that are permitted or differentially specify the age at which a given sex can participate. Below is a discussion of the various laws dealing with this subject.