London - 28 February 2017 As a human rights campaigner, I would never advocate or condone child sex abuse.I have never advocated the abolition of the age of consent.There is no evidence that this leads to more child sex abuse. More get cautioned (rather than prosecuted) and some of these get put on the Sex Offenders Register, which ruins their life chances.I am against criminalising young people under 16 who have consenting, victimless sex with other teens of similar ages, where no one is harmed. The point is that half the teenage population are having various forms of sex before their 16th birthday.
This includes the desire to continue an active, satisfying sex life.They ignore my many articles, speeches and interviews that contradict their claims – including my proposals to protect young people against sex abuse and my ethical framework for all sexual relations: mutual consent, respect and fulfilment.An age of consent of 14 or 15 exists in a dozen other European countries. Even though the numbers prosecuted is low, where teens are of similar ages, even one prosecution is one too many.ED is the loss of ability to have and keep an erection for sexual intercourse.ED may cause a man to take longer to have an erection.His erection may not be as firm or as large as it used to be.The loss of erection after orgasm may happen more quickly, or it may take longer before another erection is possible.In Tasmania: To consent to sex, a person needs to be old enough (within the legal age of consent) and freely agree to the sexual activity.You cannot freely consent if you are drunk, drugged, unconscious or asleep.Anyone can withdraw their consent at any time - it doesn't matter if you've already started to have sex.If one person isn't into the sexual activity, then you have to stop.