Saturday September 19, 2020

Age of consent debate remains likely to rage on

The clock has been turned back, at least for the moment, as a result of the recent Supreme Court decision that found part of the 1935 Criminal Law Amendment Act to be unconstitutional.

10th June, 2006

Specifically, it was found that to deprive a defendant of the defence of reasonable belief that a girl was above the age of consent - even if she were not - was unconstitutional.

The emergency legislation to rectify the position was passed following robust debate. Given that a young girl or boy below the age of consent can now be subject to cross-examination on the most intimate matters, it is likely that the debate will...

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