Having Sex With Teens Still a Crime: Expert

Even if the justice committee's bid to decriminalise sexual intercourse among teenagers is successful, it will still be a crime for adults to have sex with children, warns Skelton

University of Pretoria Centre for Child Law Professor, Ann Skelton, says even if the justice committee's bid to decriminalise sexual intercourse among teenagers is successful, it will still be a crime for adults to have sex with children under the age of 16-years-old.

Last week the committee told Parliament to amend the 2007 Criminal Law - Sexual Offences and Related Matters Act - to bring it in line with two Constitutional Court judgments.

The amendments are a bid to bring the Act in line with two Constitutional Court judgments that urged Parliament to make sure that children aged between 12 and 16 are not criminalised for engaging in consensual sex if the age gap is two years or less.

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