Study Indicates Failure of Sexual Consent Law in Protecting Children

A recent study has revealed that increasing the age of teenagers regarding the consent to sex has not helped in reducing the chances of pre-teen children being exploited by adults. The study has informed that despite a ban on consensual sex for teenagers below 16, children below 12-years old, were still facing sexual exploitation.

The study was conducted by the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, which involved the participation of 29,000 children studying from the 7th Grade to 12th Grade. Out of the all the respondent, a few respondents below 12-years of age revealed that they had indulged in sexual activities with people, who were above 20-years old.

While talking about the findings of the study, Lead Author Bonnie Miller stated that though, the law had been altered to protect girls in the age bracket 14-15-years old against being exploited by adults. Yet, the new findings have found the riskiest category among these children.

The report has already appeared in the Tuesday pullout of the publication, Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality.

The report further indicated that two-fifth children who had had sex below the age of 12-years old had an adult as their first sexual partner, though in contrast only 2-3% children aged 14-15 years old had sex with an adult.