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Child Rights NGOs Challenge Laws on Sex

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 15:15
The Teddy Bear Clinic Laws and Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect say laws that make consensual sex between teenagers a crime are unconstitutional
The Teddy Bear Clinic Laws and Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (RAPCAN) say laws that make consensual sex between teenagers a crime are unconstitutional.

The Teddy Bear Clinic director, Lizette Schoombie, points out that the case involving the highly publicised Jules High School case in which a 15-year old girl was raped on the school grounds, ‘emphatically demonstrated’ the negative effects of the act for children.

Schoombie says that while the Sexual Offences Act aims to protect children and adolescents from older sexual predators, the way the legislation was drafted has the opposite effect and breached children’s constitutional rights.

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Source: 
Business Day