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That the age of consent should be raised to eighteen

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SEsofty Mon 28-May-18 08:48:35

Currently the law requires children to be in some form of education until they are eighteen. The law prohibits under eighteens buying alcohol because they are not mature enough to handle it.

And yet at sixteen can legally become a parent. Not developed enough to drink and yet can make the most life changing decision.

The vast majority of sexual encounters don’t result in a pregnancy but it is always a possibility.

In order to be logically internally coherent about when as a society we think that children become adults surely the age of consent should be raised. So Aibu to think that the age of consent should be raised to eighteen

DitheryOzzyOsbourne Mon 28-May-18 08:49:20


RebelRogue Mon 28-May-18 08:52:37

Yes because no under 16's are having sex now. And no under 18's would ever have sex if the law changed.

Surfingwhippet Mon 28-May-18 08:54:18

The age of consent when one person is in a position of trust is 18.

However we all know that hormones rage way before 16 and raising the general age of consent is not going to work.
Maybe use some of that extra education time to educate about sex and relationships so that in 99% of cases people are only pregnant when they want to be

SoupDragon Mon 28-May-18 08:54:18

What you say makes logical sense but not practical sense. It would be pointless really.

NapQueen Mon 28-May-18 08:54:19

I agree.

Im not naive enough to assume that teens wait til they hit the age of consent. But raising the age will help.

TheEmojiFormerlyKnownAsPrince Mon 28-May-18 08:55:34

I agree too. I think 16 is too low.

IncyWincyMouseRat Mon 28-May-18 08:55:44

YABU Let’s work towards more comprehensive sex education and easily accessible public information rather than criminalising normal teen behaviour. Teens are hardwired to want to have sex, changing a law won’t stop that!

Nothisispatrick Mon 28-May-18 09:00:46


I agree with the above. Stop turning teenagers in to criminals for normal human behaviour. Teenage pregnancy is also at an all time low, why the worry now?

duplodancer Mon 28-May-18 09:01:33

I agree

KittenBeast Mon 28-May-18 09:01:37

Never going to work. Wouldn't have stopped me at 16 and 17. Nope.

Earthmoon Mon 28-May-18 09:03:04


Surfingwhippet Mon 28-May-18 09:04:20

If you compare with Holland in 2016 there were 92 pregnancies in Holland of women aged 16 or under compared with 2,821 in the uk.

The difference, better sex and relationships education and better access to contraception

NotUmbongoUnchained Mon 28-May-18 09:04:58

I don’t know anyone who even waited till 16.

Lethaldrizzle Mon 28-May-18 09:06:20

I did

Tomorrowillbeachicken Mon 28-May-18 09:07:24

No, raising the age will do nothing. I think the Uk should prosecute the eighteen/ nineteen year olds that get children under sixteen pregnant though.

SameTerfDifferentUserName Mon 28-May-18 09:08:07

I agree with you. YANBU! It is not about stopping teenagers having consensual sex, we know that’s always going to happen, it is about us as a society providing them with greater protection. It should be done in conjunction with better SRE.

AlonsoTigerHeart Mon 28-May-18 09:10:11

Changing the age won't stop teens having sex.

MIdgebabe Mon 28-May-18 09:10:11

roughly equates to 5 or 6 times higher pregnancy rate in 16/17 in uk than holland

CaptainHammer Mon 28-May-18 09:10:18

Agree with incy completely

YouAreNotImportant Mon 28-May-18 09:11:46


PurplePimple Mon 28-May-18 09:12:22

I agree.
Dcs are having sex at 14 / 15 now - raising the age might mean they wait until 16 / 17 instead.

RebelRogue Mon 28-May-18 09:13:03

@SameTerfDifferentUserName how is increasing the age offer them more protection?

liminality Mon 28-May-18 09:14:08

Hahahahaha oh lol. Nice one OP.

KittenBeast Mon 28-May-18 09:14:08

So someone aged 18 could be prosecuted for having sex with a 16 year old? Seems absurd.

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