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The "higher" age of consent and the concept of sexual exploitation

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Publication date28/10/2016
Host publicationConsent: domestic and comparative perspectives
EditorsAlan Reed, Michael Bohlander, Nicola Wake, Emma Smith
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages161-176
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781472469953
Original languageEnglish

Publication series

NameSubstantive Issues in Criminal Law
PublisherRoutledge

Abstract

Whilst it is often said that the age of consent in England & Wales is 16 this is not always true. In some situations it is 18. This chapter considers the extent to which this higher age is justified and whether it would be better to create a new, stand-alone offence to tackle abuses of a position of trust.