The law in Victoria sets clear age limits for when you can legally have sex. This is called the age of consent. A person can be charged with a sexual offence if they perform a sexual act that breaks these age limits, even if the younger person agrees to it. The age of consent for same-sex relationships is the same as it is for heterosexual relationships. If you are under 12, a person can't have sex with you or touch you sexually or perform a sexual act in front of you, even if you agree. However, it is not an offence if the person honestly believed that you were 16 or if there was less than a two-year age difference between you.
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Jump to content. This factsheet summarises some of the key points of UK law relating to sexual behaviour. It does not constitute legal advice. The age of consent to any form of sexual activity is 16 for both men and women.
Sex, young people and the law
From the age of 16 you can legally consent to sex this includes sexual intercourse, penetrative sex and any sort of sexual touching but 16 may not necessarily be the right age for you to start having sex. Many people do not have sex for the first time until they are older. Being ready happens at different times for different people — never decide to have sex just because you feel pressured.
If you are having, or thinking about having, sex the key thing to remember is that it should always be consensual. In the eyes of the law, you are only old enough to consent to sex or sexual activity at The law applies to everyone, regardless of gender or sexuality, in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It is important to remember that the law is designed to protect young people from abuse, harm or being taken advantage of by adults.