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Thank you for signing up. Sorry, it looks like an error occurred. France announced earlier this month it would make the age of sexual consent 15 after public outcry over two cases of sex involving year-old girls. The University of Melbourne's Jeremy Gans told SBS News there was "massive variation" in ages of consent around the world, while many countries do not even have an age of consent.

Mr Gans said if " a country allows young children to marry, then they're not going to prosecute sex within that marriage". Age of sexual consent around the world. According to the Australian Institute of Family Studies, the age of consent Going around the world sexually both heterosexual and same-sex intercourse is 16 in every jurisdiction except Tasmania and South Australia where it is For example, some jurisdictions provide a legal defence when the sexual interaction is between two young people close in age.

This is intended to not criminalise young people for having sexual relationships with their peers. But many jurisdictions have so-called "Romeo and Juliet laws" that lower the age of consent where the individuals are close "Going around the world sexually" age to each other. But the country's Department of Justice website says "in some cases, the age of consent is higher for example, when there is a relationship of trust, authority or dependency " and also details "close in age exceptions".

In Latin America and the Carribbean, the minimum age of consent ranges from 12 to According to a study by Euronews, it ranges from 14 in countries like Germany and Italy up to 18 in Malta.

France is set to raise its age of sexual consent to 15 after pressure from the public and child protection groups complained the minimum age was Going around the world sexually low.

We want to see this raised to at least 16 years, along with greater resources for finding and convicting offenders," UNICEF Philippines has said. Meanwhile Japan is Going around the world sexually as one of the lowest ages of consent in the developed world with the bar set at just However, many prefectures have additional statutes that efficiently raise the age of consent to 16 to Bahrain's age of consent for heterosexual men and women is 15 years old, but is raised to 21 years old for women who want to marry without their father's consent.

The law is not equal in Bahrain, with the age of consent for same-sex intercourse being 21 years old.

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In Saudi Arabia, there is no legal age of consent because marriage is legally required before sex under the country's interpretation of sharia law. While there are no laws regarding same-sex acts, the death penalty can be applied for same-sex sexual acts in Saudi Arabia under Islamic law, according to Human Rights Watch.

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Other countries with low ages of consent include Angola at 12 and 13 in Burkina Faso and Comoros. In Ghana, the age of consent for heterosexual sex is 16, but same-sex acts are deemed illegal by the authorities, according to Human Rights Watch.

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