Age of consent should be 13, says barrister

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A prominent barrister specialising in reproductive rights has called for the age of consent to be lowered to 13. Barbara Hewson told online magazine Spiked that the move was necessary in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal to end the "persecution of old men". She also said that complainants should no longer receive anonymity.

source: Article 'Age of consent should be 13, says barrister'; www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22459815; BBC News; 9 May 2013