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    Under UK law, an image that appears to be a photograph of a child, but is not a photograph, is referred to as a "pseudo-photograph". It is also illegal to make, distribute, show or possess with a view to showing or distributing an indecent pseudo-photograph of a child, under the Protection of Children Act. As of the commencement of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, this prohibition will be extended to encompass "tracings" of photographs. [81] In 2008, the Government announced further plans to criminalise all non-realistic sexual images depicting under-18s. The Government claimed it was needed to close a loophole for images derived from actual images of abuse - despite the fact that this loophole is closed in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, and the new proposals criminalise images not derived from actual abuse.[82][83][84] The children's charity NCH, stated that "this is a welcome announcement which makes a clear statement that drawings or computer-generated images of child abuse are as unacceptable as a photograph". Others stated that the intended law would limit artistic expression, patrol peoples' imaginations, and that it is safer for pedophiles' fantasies "to be enacted in their computers or imaginations [rather] than in reality". [85]
    How ridiculous is that??
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    I think that to lower the age of consent we need to have better preparation and explanation at schools. Less of the sex is evil and you shouldn't do it until you're much older, but that its natural but there are some very serious consequences. I know people who were underage when they had sex and they knew it was the right thing to do.

    I do agree that we need to protect children from a certain point. Maybe lowering it would be better and I personally feel homosexuals should be able to have sex at the same time as heterosexuals because I feel it is natural to them and they should be treated equally.

    A universal age of consent is not a good idea though because even in an ideal world where the leaders agreed, it would be difficult for people in different countries and make international relationships more difficult.
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    (Original post by Olivia_Lightbulb)
    No - within the context of that sentence I mean not unnatural, although the phrasing is somewhat clumsy.
    lol triple negative.
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    (Original post by cconstant)
    How ridiculous is that??
    Quite. Though drawings depicting rape and murder (amongst other things) still appear to be legal. Strange.
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    (Original post by cconstant)
    lol triple negative.
    Indeed :o:
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    (Original post by Olivia_Lightbulb)
    No 14 or 15 is too young. 16 is more appropiate. If only there was some way of banning porn ...
    They experiment at that age anyway. What's the big difference between 15 and 16? Maybe the minimum age of consent should apply to that age group, meaning that the age of consent is tiered. People aged 14-17 could have sex with each other, and then 15 year olds could go to bed with people up to 18 years of age. When they turn 16, they would be free to do what they like with their sex life.
    Children do get sexually interested at around the age of 12-14, and I think we need to take that into account when planning the age of consent, but in a manner where they can't be exploited by older people. It might create a safe bubble where young teens are less inclined to try out sex because it's taboo, and more likely to stick to their own age group rather than fall prey to paedophiles.
    I think there are too many kids getting in trouble for underage sex with each other, as well. If both children are of a similar age, then they should not face severe punishment. 15 year olds becoming sex offenders for having sex with 14 year olds... pretty much nonsense. Harsh punishments for such only makes matters worse.
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    I think the age of consent in this country is about right. The fact is that no consent laws are going to fit every situation. Although it is technically illegal, no one is going to stop two 14 or 15 year olds from having sex. And normally say a 17 year old and a 15 year old having sex will go entirely unnoticed. But having a reasonable age of consent gives the government a way of intervening if it's likely there was some kind of abuse involved.
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    age of consent is actually about the age at which a person is considered able to consent.

    ie, they can have sex consensually before that as long as the person they are with is of similar age and maturity, and there is no manipulation/abuse taking place.

    however, if a 28 year old were to have sex with a 14 year old, then it is the older person who would be prosecuted as the younger is legally incapable of consent.

    the state is not dictating to you when you can and cannot have sex.

    what The State is dictating to you is that certain people are off-limits for you to have sex with (ie, people who do not consent, or people incapable of consent).

    even if the state was not in existence, and we lived in an anarchist community, it is conceivable that the community would collectively decide that certain members are off-limits until they reach a certain point of maturity (or decide they wish to engage in sexual activity themselves).
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    (Original post by 35mm_)
    Quite. Though drawings depicting rape and murder (amongst other things) still appear to be legal. Strange.
    I'd imagine that would lead to games like Prototype and crime dramas like Silent Witness potentially being banned. Plus some university books I came across during term time might come under question too. In case you're wondering, there's a text I used for an essay that had a photo of a child's drawing showing Pol Pot's murderous regime in action. Children had rights of adults in this society, which was the purpose of reading the concerned text. It may not be nice but some of us who do read this material do not physically enjoy reading it, but rather, do not want to stick our heads in the sand and pretend that the world has, is, and always will be, rosy and dandy.
 
 
 
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