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Helenarth
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Hey. So, I'm 16 and my boyfriend is 14. Yeah, I know. Trust me when I say he's mature enough, we talked about it so many times to make sure he was okay with us being in a relationship/having sex, as I couldn't really get over the preconceived idea that 14 was way too young. Anyway. The age of consent in England is 16. So what I want to know is - if we have sex, and he's underage - what could be the legal implications, and how do they arise? For example, say we have sex and then he regrets it, can he charge me? Or if one of our parents finds out and then decides they don't agree, could I get into trouble even if my boyfriend doesn't want me to be charged? In other words, who needs to do the accusing and how do they actually prove anything? Do you get excused if the younger partner seems mature enough (providing they're not like 10 or something)?

I ask because my 15 year old friend is in a (healthy, loving) relationship with a 21 year old, and social services got tipped off. He wasn't charged with anything as their parents were both completely supportive and the couple said it wasn't a sexual relationship, and seemed mature enough.

Thanks so much! [Smile] Also, I'm new here, so while I think this is the right section, sorry if it's not...

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Heather
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In general, with age of consent laws, anyone can do the reporting when they think or know they have been broken. And the person under the consent has no influence with these cases or issues because they do not have the legal right to consent, so them saying they gave consent is legally meaningless. Same goes for a younger partner's maturity: that isn't usually taken into account.

So, yes, he could report you and choose to press charges, so could his parents: anyone could report this.

basically, you need to know that however you may feel about these laws, if you or anyone else is ever breaking what they are in your area, then a crime is being committed which the person committing it could always potentially be reported and/or changed for.

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