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Increase the age of consent for sexual activity from 16 to 18

Submitted by Elaine Williams on Thursday 12th January 2023

Published on Monday 16th January 2023

Current status: Open

Open until: Sunday 16th July 2023

Current Signatures: 12
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Age of Consent ~ Change ~ Engaging ~ INCREASE ~ Mature ~ Young people

Petition Action

Increase the age of consent for sexual activity from 16 to 18

Petition Details

We are asking for the legal age of consent to change from 16 to 18 as at 16 we believe people are not mature enough to make choices about engaging in sexual activity, and may not be able to recognise when someone is trying to take advantage of them.

Additional Information

We believe this could help protect vulnerable young people from being taken advantage of.


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