"When you call it the age of consent, that's misleading to kids, who will think it's not permitted, that it's a crime to be sexually active before the age of 16," says Martha Mackinnon, the executive director of Justice for Children and Youth, a Toronto legal aid clinic serving low-income youth.
"A huge concern is that kids won't seek medical help, won't seek counselling, they won't seek birth control.
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We advised Maddy that she is under the general age of consent for sex in New South Wales (the ages of consent in New South Wales and apply equally to straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual sex and to people of all genders).
With the advent of the Criminal Code in 1892, the strict prohibition against sexual intercourse was retained for girls under 14 (not married to the accused) and the law was strengthened to make an accuseds belief about the young womans age irrelevant.