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For instance, different ages may apply if the relationship is between partners of the same sex, or if the sexual contact is not strictly vaginal intercourse. The Sexual Offences Act of 1995 raised the age of consent from 14 to 16 years of age. (1) Where a male person has sexual intercourse with a female person who is not his wife with her consent and who has attained the age of fourteen years but has not yet attained the age of sixteen years, he is guilty of an offence, and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for ten years.(2) A male person is not guilty of an offence under subsection (1) – (a) if he honestly believed that the female person was sixteen years of age or more; or (b) if the male person is not more than three years older than the female person and the court is of the opinion that the evidence discloses that as between the male person and the female person, the male person is not wholly or substantially to blame. (1) Where a female adult has sexual intercourse with a male person who is not her husband and who is under the age of sixteen years, she is guilty of an offence, whether or not the male person consented to the intercourse, and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for seven years.
Malia meanwhile - who recently caused controversy by puffing on a suspicious-looking cigarette at Lollapalooza - was also spotted at the festival wearing a 'smoking kills' T-shirt, having probably hitched a ride there with Beyonce.Persons below the age of consent may not, by law, give consent, and sexual relations involving such persons may be punished by criminal sanctions similar to those for rape or sexual assault.Non-violent sexual contact with persons under the age of consent may be punished with varying degrees of severity, ranging from a misdemeanor with a simple fine, to a felony with a punishment equivalent to rape.Historically, the age of consent applied to male-female relationships; same-sex relationships were often illegal regardless of the ages of participants.
Modern laws vary, and there may be multiple ages that apply in any jurisdiction.
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