Fifteen-year-old girl can have sexual relationship with 47-year-old uncle, German court rules

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A German court has ruled that the parents of a 15-year-old girl cannot prevent her from having a sexual relationship with her 47-year-old uncle, according to reports. The teenager, named only as Josephine due to German privacy laws, made headlines when she ran away with her uncle at the age of 14. When the couple was discovered in France by police, Josephine said she had chosen to run away and was in live with the older man, who was her uncle by marriage. [...]

According to the Telegraph, the judges wrote in the ruling: "The court does not offer any opinion on the non-judicial question of whether a 47-year-old married man should return the love of a 14-year-old fired by adolescent affection and enthusiasm. The relationship may be socially undesirable and unacceptable, but it is not covered by criminal law, and not categorically forbidden." The age of sexual consent in Germany is 14, as is the case with several other European countries.

source: Article 'Fifteen-year-old girl can have sexual relationship with 47-year-old uncle, German court rules' by May Bulman; www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/relationship-teenager-girl-15-47-year-old-uncle-court-germany-german-a7394656.html; The Independant; 2 November 2016