Canada’s Legal Age of Consent to Sexual Activity

As some of you already know, I’m a big supporter of Canada moving to raise the age of sexual consent from 14 to 16. Under the Criminal Code of Canada, it is currently not a criminal offense for an adult to engage in sexual activity with a person aged 14 years or older if the young person consents to sexual activity as long as the adult is not in a position of trust or authority.

Canada’s age of consent to sexual activity offers Canadian youth no protection from sexual exploitation.

The conservatives have now put forth a motion that the age of sexual consent should be raised by the House of Commons from 14 to 16.

The bill has finally passed first stages and there is sufficient support for raising the minimum age for sexual consent to 16.

I would like to see the age of sexual consent in Canada raised to 18, with an near-age exemption in place, though I’m happy that they may finally be raising it from 14 to 16.

The bill includes a near-age exemption of five years, which means that a 14-year-old could still have a sexual partner aged up to 19, and a 15-year-old could have a partner up to 20 years old. They state that it is to avoid criminalizing sexual experimentation by teens with their peers.

I don’t agree with this. I personally think the exemption should be two years. What would a 20 year old see in a 15 year old girl or a 19 year old see in a 14 year old girl? At 14 a girl is still very much a child. They are unable to perceive when they are being manipulated and victimized. A 14 or 15 year old can just as easily be manipulated by a 19 or 20 year old man as a 14 year old could be by a 25 year old.

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