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What does consent mean? Consent means to give permission or to agree. It is very important that both people give consent to have sex before they have sex.

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What is the legal age of consent? It is the same for homosexual and heterosexual sex. What does this law mean? This means that under the age of 17, you are not legally old enough to consent to sexual intercourse. This means that in certain circumstances, someone who has sex under the age of 17 or with someone else under the age of 17, may be prosecuted by the Gardai. Why does this law exist? This law exists to protect people under the age of 17, who are more vulnerable than those of 17 and over.

People under the age of 17 are not considered by the law to be able to make the decision to consent to sex.

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The law aims to protect young people with these guidelines. Does this mean that a couple will go to jail if they have sex under 17?

This question cannot be answered for certain. It depends on a number of factors. A girl under 17 cannot be prosecuted under the legislation. But a boy can strictly speaking be prosecuted for having sex under The Gardai and the Director of Public Prosecutions use their discretion and tend to look at the overall circumstances of a relationship before deciding whether or not to prosecute.

The welfare of the young person is always the most important issue, so the law does not aim to punish teenagers unnecessarily. If both people are under 17, why are boys and girls treated differently? The law makes this distinction because it does not want to seem to punish pregnancy nor to discourage reporting by female victims of incidents of sexual assault or rape. If a girl is 17 and the boy is 16, will she get prosecuted?

In this case, the girl may be prosecuted by the Gardai as she is Whether the guards decide to prosecute a criminal offence or not always depends on a number of factors however, such as the circumstances of the case and the evidence at hand. If a girl is A boy and a girl having sex together or 16 and the boy is 17, what happens? A boy aged 17 has reached the age when he can legally have sex.

It is not a defence to this crime to say that the girl involved consented, which means she gave permission and said she wanted to have sex.

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