Offences Against Children

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 19th September 2017.

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Photo of Sarah Champion Sarah Champion Labour, Rotherham

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether it is the Government's position that no child can consent to their own abuse.

Photo of Phillip Lee Phillip Lee The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The abuse and neglect of children is abhorrent. There is a range of criminal offences and robust sanctions that deal with this cruel and serious offending. A child’s alleged consent to any abusive activity should not be a defence against any criminal offence.

A child’s consent to sexual activity is not recognised under criminal law if the child is under the age of 16.

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