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What the law says

What the law says

16 is the legal age of consent in the UK for all genders and sexual identities. Young people under the age of 13 cannot legally consent to any form of sexual activity. The Sexual Offences Act (SOA) England 2003, Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009, and Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 introduced a series of laws to protect children and young people from sexual abuse. The law does not intend to prosecute mutually agreed teenage sexual activity between two young people of a similar age and development unless it involves abuse or exploitation.