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Victoria Brooks does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. A of years ago, I found myself at a public sex beach in southern France for research purposes. Unsurprisingly, I experienced some ethical dilemmas. Because I was researching the ethics of sexuality, my research involved potentially having sex with men and women at the beach. I am a woman.
If you are having, or thinking about having, sex the key thing to remember is that it should always be consensual. In the eyes of the law, you are only old enough to consent to sex or sexual activity at The law applies to everyone, regardless of gender or sexuality, in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It is important to remember that the law is deed to protect young people from abuse, harm or being taken advantage of by adults.
It is not meant to criminalise young people and there is no intention to prosecute people under the age of 16 where both mutually agree consent and where they are of a similar age.
Nobody should ever feel pressured by their partner, or by their peers to have sex before they feel ready and safe. Consent means agreeing to do something freely and with full understanding of what that thing is. When it comes to sex, this means agreeing to have sex or engage in sexual activity. This includes but is not limited to sexual touching and oral, anal and vaginal penetration.
about sex and consent. Consent to sex or sexual activity should be something you do freely and should be something you want and feel excited about.
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Whatever your age, it should never be something you feel scared, uncomfortable or pressured to do. Any sexual activity with someone aged is against the law, but the law is there to protect young people who might be being abused or taken advantage of by someone older.
The most important thing to remember is that sex should be something you want and feel comfortable with. If you are under 16, you are able to access sexual health services like Brook without getting in trouble.
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The services are there to support you, not to judge you or report you. This includes getting help and advice from a doctor, nurse or someone else in a clinic, accessing contraception, and getting tested and treated for STIs. Sexual health clinics will only pass on information if they think you or someone else is in danger.
This means if they think you or someone else is being abused, being forced into sex or being taken advantage of.
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about your rights when accessing sexual health services Find your nearest sexual health service about having sex for the first time. In the eyes of the law, someone under the age of 13 is not seen as old enough to consent to sex.
Any sexual activity with someone under 13 is illegal and viewed as rape, sexual abuse or assault. You may be in a relationship and thinking about taking things further.
Before you do, you might want to talk to someone you trust about this and whether it is really what you want. You can access lots of advice and information anonymously and speak with their counsellors on the phone or online for free. If you need help, whatever is going on, you should try to speak to an adult that you trust.
It should be someone that you have a good relationship with and someone who you think has your best interests in mind.
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Brook services are able to offer you advice and support with all aspects of sex and relationships. If you or someone you know are experiencing or at risk of sexual abuse, assault or violence, you can call call for an ambulance, the police or any other emergency service any time of day or night if it is safe for you to do so.
The emergency covers all of the UK and is free to call from any phone.
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The legal age of consent
What is consent? Looking after your sexual health If you are under 16, you are able to access sexual health services like Brook without getting in trouble. about abuse and sexual assault. Speaking to a trusted adult If you need help, whatever is going on, you should try to speak to an adult that you trust.
Help from sexual health services Brook services are able to offer you advice and support with all aspects of sex and relationships.
Find a service near me. Urgent help If you or someone you know are experiencing or at risk of sexual abuse, assault or violence, you can call call for an ambulance, the police or any other emergency service any time of day or night if it is safe for you to do so.
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