Being aware of global variations is also a good idea to avoid breaking the law in other countries.
Also remember that ‘sex’ means different things in different countries.
Some places count things like kissing as sexual contact while other places only count sexual intercourse.
You can find out the laws in your country on your government's website.
Assault is the intentional use of force against somebody without his or her consent.
Trying to use force or threatening to use force may also be assault.
Age of consent laws are there to protect young people from being sexually exploited by adults, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child says that you have the right to be protected from all forms of sexual abuse and exploitation.
This booklet provides information on what is meant by the age of consent to sexual activity and an overview of some of Canada’s laws on sexual assault, and other offences involving sexual exploitation. This is the age that criminal law recognizes the legal capacity of a young person to consent to sexual activity.However, a person cannot use this defence if: Just because you agreed to meet someone, does not mean that you consented to sexual activity.If you are a young person under 18 years who has been “lured” (see definition on page 5) into a meeting for the purpose of sexual activity, a court would determine exploitation by considering how old you are, the age difference between you and the person accused of the crime, the nature of the relationship between the two of you, and the amount of control or influence that he or she had over you.A person under 18 years of age cannot consent to sexual activity if: What about persons under 16 years old?There are exceptions for young persons under 16 years of age who have consensual sexual activity with someone close in age.For example, even if a 14 year old agreed to sexual activity with her/his 19 year old basketball coach, the law does not consider that the consent was freely given. The law also says that children under 12 years of age can never legally consent to sexual activity. You can show by your words OR actions that you do not consent.Actions, such as struggling and trying to leave, show that you do not consent.‘Age of consent’ is another way of saying the legal age to have sex.Find out what it means to you - and what happens if you or the person you want to have sex with is under the age of consent.This will depend on what country you live in as laws are different around the world.The most common age of sexual consent is 16.1 The legal age for sex in your country may be different depending on whether you are a boy or a girl.