The Law Reform Commission has recommended reducing the age limit for statutory rape from 14 to 12.
Its report will now be considered as the Department of Justice drafts legislation, following last Tuesday’s Supreme Court judgment striking down part of a 1935 act which criminalised underage sex in all circumstances.
The appeal was brought by a young man who faced four charges under the 1935 act for having consensual sex with a 14-year-old girl when he was 16.
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