According to Sheila Green, a professor in childhood research, there has been a major increase in consensual sex between under 17s (the legal age of consent is 17).
The law is not acting as a deterrent against teenage sex and is unjustly prosecuting a tiny proportion of the many young men that engage in consensual sex with their peers.
Young people should fight for their rights – for the right to vote at 16, for the right to a decent education that includes quality sex education and for the right to a decent job and future.
Theresa May has secured a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) after shock election losses saw the Conservatives fail to win a Commons majority.
DUP politician Edwin Poots has expressed his views that the planet is a “young earth” created just 4,000 years ago.
“You’re telling me that cosmic balls of dust gathered and there was an explosion.
The deal comes after weeks of negotiations and will secure the DUP's backing on confidence and supply votes, preventing the weakened Conservatives from being brought down by motions of no confidence.
Low pay, the dole or emigration is not a choice or a decent life at all.Former DUP health minister Jim Wells told a South Down hustings in 2015: “The gay lobby is insatiable, they don’t know when enough is enough.” He also said children who were raised in a homosexual relationship were more likely to be abused or neglected. DUP politician Trevor Clarke last year said he thought only gay people could contract AIDS or HIV, but has since admitted he "did not understand the stigma attached to it" and has campaigned for greater awareness and prevention.Gay marriage The party staunchly opposes same-sex marriage, believing in what they call the “traditional” definition of the union, and has vetoed several attempts to pass new legislation.Most importantly, it should be specified legally that no teenager should be criminalised for engaging in consensual sex with their peers.The Law Reform Commission has recommended that young people from the age of 14 should be able to decide upon medical treatment once they understand the nature of their condition and treatment. Under the current law, if a 15 year old presents him//herself to an STI clinic, medical staff may be legally obliged to contact their parents – a potential deterrent to many teenagers seeking essential medical attention and indeed, contraception.
With this in mind, the state is hardly in a position to present itself as a moral guardian and protector of the youth!