‘13-year-olds can have sex if they want’, NHS & Scot Govt resource says

Sep 11, 2018 by

from The Christian Institute:

Children in Scottish schools should not worry about breaking the law if they have sex at 13, according to new lesson plans drawn up for the Scottish Government.

The draft Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RSHP) resource suggests teaching pupils aged 12 to 14 that although sex under the age of 16 is illegal, those aged 13 and over could engage in sexual activity without fear of reprimand.

Critics say it would effectively lower the age of consent.

Prosecution unusual

The lesson plan says that one or both children “might be at risk of being prosecuted” if two 13 to 15-year-olds have sex, but adds prosecution would be very unusual “if both young people are happy”.

It tells teachers that the age of consent “is really to protect young people from adults, not make them feel worried or frightened”.

It does note that if someone over the age of 16 has sex with a minor, they are breaking the law.

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