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Change age of majority and age of criminal responsibility to 16 years

Submitted on Tuesday 20th August 2019

Published on Thursday 5th September 2019

Current status: Closed

Closed: Wednesday 6th November 2019

Signatures: 7

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Child ~ Crime ~ England ~ Law ~ Northern Ireland ~ Wales

Petition Action

Change age of majority and age of criminal responsibility to 16 years

Petition Details

The Laws of our country are very complicated and are outdated. Currently, there is one law for having to be 16 to consent to sex. The age of majority, at which someone is no longer a child, is 18. Then another law of criminal responsibility when you are 10.

Additional Information

All of these things require consent. Having separate age requirements lacks logic. Currently one can consent to commit a crime but cannot consent to sex until 16 or other activities until 18, the age of majority in England and Wales and Northern Ireland. I feel it is much more appropriate that all of these examples are combined into one age and the most sensible and appropriate option is 16 years of age. This means no more loopholes in the Law and jurisprudence and simply it is all one age that one may consent lawfully to each transaction.

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