Spain: minimum age of consent for sex raised from 13 to 16

04 September, 17:06

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, SEPTEMBER 4 - The Spanish government has completed a reform to raise the minimum age of consent for having sex from 13 to 16. The measure is part of a draft law to be approved by the council of ministers by the end of this month. It will then be debated in Parliament for its final approval.

    Under the new draft law, according to ministerial sources, an adult who has sex with a minor under 16 years of age can be charged with 'abuse' and is liable of a jail sentence of two to six years and up to 12 in case of penetration.

    The draft measure however provides for an exception so as not to criminalize sexual intercourse 'between equals', in particular is case of consensual sex between a minor under 16 and 'a person close to the victim in age and degree of development and maturity', as determined by a judge.

    A first draft of the measure approved last October by the council of ministers set at 15 the minimum age of consent, which was then raised to 16 at the health ministry's proposal. The UN had recommended setting the age for consensual sex within the European average of 14-16. (ANSAmed)
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