Catharines-based reporter for the Niagara Falls Review. It is against the law for anyone to expose their genital organs for a sexual purpose to a person under the age of 16 years. The court process was unfamiliar and intimidating. This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only.
For example, it protects everyone, including children, against:.
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External link. The age of consent will be raised to 18 years of age when: The older party is in a position of authority or a position of trust over the other party OR The younger party is in a position of dependency with the older person OR The relationship is one where the young person is being exploited There are many different scenarios where the age of consent would be raised to the age of Further, under the second exemption, if a person who is 14 years old and a person who is 18 years old engage in sexual activity together, they would fall under the second close in age exemption and this would not be considered statutory rape.
The age of consent to sexual activity is 16 years. Sexual exploitation A 16 or 17 year old cannot consent to sexual activity if: their sexual partner is in position of trust or authority towards them, for example their teacher or coach the young person is dependent on their sexual partner, for example for care or support the relationship between the young person and their sexual partner is exploitative The following factors may be taken into account when determining whether a relationship is exploitative of the young person: the young person's age the age difference between the young person and their partner how the relationship developed for example, quickly, secretly, or over the internet whether the partner may have controlled or influenced the young person Sexual offences The Criminal Code protects all Canadians from sexual abuse and exploitation.
Youth 12 or 13 years of age can consent to nonexploitative sexual activity with peers when the age difference is no more than two years. The following factors may be taken into account when determining whether a relationship is exploitative of the young person:.
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