Should the age of consent be lowered in Ireland?
For the first time ever, France is looking to introduce an age of consent. A minimum age of sexual consent does not currently exist in French law.
French law defines rape as any act of sexual penetration committed on others "by violence, coercion, threat or surprise".
The definition does not distinguish between adults and minors for either the victims or perpetrators, although the potential criminal penalty is higher when victims are under 15.
The law only says that an adult who performs a sexual act with a person under the age of 15 "without violence, coercion, threat or surprise" can be prosecuted for "sexual abuse," not rape.
A bill being prepared by the French government could set a minimum legal age for sexual consent for the first time, and the country's justice minister said Monday that she thought 13 years old could be reasonable.
Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet told France's RTL radio network that 13 was a "limit that is worth considering" for the forthcoming legislation, but noted that judges should also have the ability to assess whether someone was old enough to give consent in individual situations.
She said "The question of the age below which the minor's consent is presumed not to exist is crucial, because there are obviously extremely shocking and unacceptable situations,"
One of her colleagues in the French government has said that a minimum age for sexual consent has not been set for the bill.
Marlene Schiappa, a junior minister for gender equality, said that the cut-off could be between the ages of 13 and 15.
Today I want to know if you think 13 is way too young for a minimum age of consent.
Personally I do – however, I asked a few people around the office and one of the people in the office said that there are a lot of people aged between 14 and 16 who are already having sex. Nowadays, whether you like it or not, teenagers are experimenting and having sex younger.
In Ireland, the age of consent is 17. Some people think that it is a little but too high considering most people will lose their virginity between 15 and 16.
Do you think it should be lowered to let’s say 15 or 16?
I don’t agree with France’s suggestion of 13, I think that is way too young. But 15/16 – is someone that age capable of consenting to sex with their girlfriend or boyfriend at that age?
Or do you think it complicated the issue too much?
The age of consent varies across the world…….
In Austria and Germany it’s 14.
It’s 16 in Belgium
15 in Denmark
It’s 16 in the UK.
So should the age of consent be lowered?