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    Enviro200 / Sep 03 2019 22.33

    hi guys.

    i saw someone on the childline message boards say any sexual act under the age of 16 is illegal.

    is this true?

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    Enviro200 / Sep 03 2019 22.33

    hi guys.

    i saw someone on the childline message boards say any sexual act under the age of 16 is illegal.

    is this true?

    ThisIsMe001003 / Sep 04 2019 17.12

    Yes

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    satellitium / Sep 09 2019 23.04

    it is true. you are not legally able to give consent under the age of 16.

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    Hannahiscooler / Oct 14 2019 15.36

    very true indeed

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    Ecreasion / Oct 15 2019 9.01

    its illegal yo have sex under the age of 16 but if youre including masturbation as a sexual act, masturbation is legal

    hope this helps x

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    Last-hope / Oct 16 2019 21.02

    That is true. However, that does not stop under 16's from having sex. If you are under 16 and want to have sex then make sure you know what youre going in to and use protection. You can get condoms, from healthcare professionals, for free from 13 (i think) but if you are under 16 then they usually ask questions to make sure you know what youre getting yourself into.

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    Monty- / Oct 21 2019 16.15

    Hi love,

    Yes it is true, 16 is the legal age of consent, however i would say that a large majority of people do have sex before they are 16.

    I do think that once youre older than 13, as long as you're safe and you know what you're doing and youre mature enough to understand when someone gives consent then you shouldnt feel guilty about it of course.

    The law isnt there to punish you, its there to keep you safe because most people under the age of 16 and pretty much all people under the age of 13 are not mature enough to make the decision to have sex with someone so someone might manipulate you into thinking you're giving consent when you dont actually want to.

    I hope this helps x

    -Monty

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    MelodyAli / Dec 15 2019 1.53

    Im 14 and mis tif my year have done it! Yes its illegal but if i can tell the truth! Probably most kids in secodary schools have done it! My year have,my brothers year did and my sisters at 14-16 i hate to admit that its true thow! I personally never dine it but my friends have!

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    SeedWater333 / Dec 16 2019 21.33

    Its not true at all that most kids in secondary school have done it, statistically sixth form is the time when most do it. you shouldn't feel pressured

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    Enviro200 / Sep 03 2019 22.33

    hi guys.

    i saw someone on the childline message boards say any sexual act under the age of 16 is illegal.

    is this true?

    EquineRider / Jan 01 2020 11.20

    It depends,

    If you want to have sex with someone over the age of 16 (and you're under 16) then it's illegal. If it is a teacher, then you must be over the age of 18.

    However, 2 people between the age of 13 and 16 could legally have sex in England and Scotland. (I'm not sure about the Welsh or Irish laws, sorry

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    Enviro200 / Sep 03 2019 22.33

    hi guys.

    i saw someone on the childline message boards say any sexual act under the age of 16 is illegal.

    is this true?

    Lotti3m3 / Jan 03 2020 23.23

    yes but childline are here to support children who have experienced it and are having problems or are distressed about it

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