OTTAWA - Canada's age of sexual consent will be bumped up two years to 16 beginning Thursday.
This will depend on what country you live in as laws are different around the world.
The law includes a "close-in-age'' provision of five years, which means it would be legal for a 15-year-old to have relations with a 19-year-old provided the relationship is not exploitive and the older party is not in a position of authority or trust.
But while all political parties backed the legislation and law officials welcomed it with open arms, several gay rights groups are not satisfied and have said the law ignores gay men.
You can find out the laws in your country on your government's website.
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.