Sex and the law deals with the regulation by law of human sexual activity. Sex laws vary from one place or jurisdiction to another, and have varied over time, and unlawful sexual acts are also called sex crimes. Some laws regulating sexual activity are intended to protect one or all participants, while others are intended to proscribe behavior that has been defined as a crime. For example, a law may proscribe unprotected sex if one person knows that he or she has a sexual disease or to protect a minor; or it may proscribe non-consensual sex, or because of a relationship between the participants, etc. In general, laws may proscribe acts which are considered either sexual abuse or behavior that societies consider to be inappropriate and against the social norms. Sexual abuse is unwanted sexual contact between two or more adults or two or more minors , and, depending on laws with regard to age of consent , sexual contact between an adult and a minor.
In Western Australia it is against the law to have heterosexual OR homosexual sex if either partner is under 16 years of age even if you both give consent. Also, someone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not legally able to give their consent to sex. In Western Australia it is also illegal for someone to have sex with a 16 or 17 year old if they are in a position of care or authority over them such as a sports coach, teacher or foster carer. When involved in sexual behaviours, everyone needs to provide consent. When a person gives consent it means that they are clearly and freely agreeing to the sexual activities that are happening or are about to happen. Consent cannot be given when someone is:.
This will help you to know what's right and wrong so you can make safe choices that you are happy with. There are lots of different laws in the UK that are there to protect you and some which ensure young people take responsibility for their actions. Here are the answers to common questions young people have about the law in relation to young people and sex. The age of criminal responsibility is 10 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Deciding to have sex with someone is an important decision. If you think that you are ready to have sex, it is important that you are aware of the different laws about how old you have to be to have sex, and to understand what the law means by sex. Before you have sex, you should talk to a health professional about how to practice safe sex and to make sure you are fully aware of the risks of practising unsafe sex. The age of consent is the age at which the laws says you can agree to have sex.