Consenting age for sex dropped to 12

Consenting age for sex dropped to 12

Johannesburg - At least two children'ss rights organisations have applauded the amendment of a bill to adjust the age for children to engage in sexual acts to between 12 and 16 years old.

The Sandton Chronicle quoted clinical director of the Teddy Bear Clinic, Shaheda Omar, as saying the new bill recognised that treating children as criminals was not the solution but was counter-productive and resulted in secondary trauma.

Last month, the National Assembly unanimously supported the controversial decriminalisation of consenting sex between adolescents. Members also voted for the placement of the names of child sex offenders on the sex offender register.

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