The Michigan Law Review Association. Marriage would then be valid as long as neither of the two parties annulled the marital agreement before reaching puberty, or if they had already consummated the marriage. Often, enforcement is not exercised to the letter of the law, with legal action being taken only when a sufficiently socially-unacceptable age gap exists between the two individuals, or if the perpetrator is in a position of power over the minor e. Sexual addiction Sex Addicts Anonymous Sexual surrogate. Consequently, an adult who engages in sexual activity with a minor younger than the age of consent cannot claim that the sexual activity was consensualand such sexual activity may be considered statutory rape. Censorship by country Book censorship by country Film censorship by country Internet censorship by country Cartographic censorship Political censorship Video gaming censorship by country.
Traditionally, many age of consent laws dealt primarily with men engaging in sexual acts with underage girls and boys the latter acts often falling under sodomy and buggery laws.
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Reliable data for ages at marriage is scarce. Sexuality Criminal justice Law. Age of consent laws were, historically, difficult to follow and enforce: In Christian societies, sex outside marriage was forbidden. Early feminists of the Social Purity movementsuch as Josephine Butler and others, instrumental in securing the repeal of the Contagious Diseases Actsbegan to turn towards the problem of child prostitution by the end of the s. Archived copy as title Wikipedia indefinitely move-protected pages Wikipedia articles needing page number citations from August All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from July Articles with unsourced statements from August Webarchive template other archives Webarchive template archiveis links.