The age of consent is the age at which a person is considered to be legally competent to consent to sexual acts. Consequently, an adult who engages in sexual activity with a person younger than the age of consent cannot claim that the sexual activity was consensualand such sexual activity may be considered child sexual abuse or statutory rape. The person below the minimum age is regarded as the victim and their sex partner is regarded as the offender, unless both are underage. The purpose of setting an age of consent is to protect an underage person from sexual advances.
The age of consent to sexual activity is 16 across Canada, although there are a number of exceptions that should be considered carefully before becoming sexually involved with another person.
For some sexual crimes, when the victim is under 16 years old, the law doesn't allow the accused to claim that the young person agreed to the sexual activity. This is because the minimum legal age for consenting to a sexual activity is If a person took part in a sexual activity with someone under the age of 16 and a complaint is filed with the police, the law doesn't recognize the young person's consent.
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