Health expert calls for age of consent to be lowered to 15

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A leading public health expert has called on the Government to consider lowering the age of consent to 15. Professor John Ashton, president of the Faculty of Public Health, said the current legal limit prevented sexually active younger teenagers from getting support with issues of disease and contraception.

With official figures indicating that as many as a third of all 14- and 15-year-olds are having sex in Britain, Prof Ashton told the Sunday Times a nationwide debate was needed to discuss the benefits of lowering the present age of consent of 16.

source: 'Health expert calls for age of consent to be lowered to 15'; www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/health-expert-calls-for-age-of-consent-to-be-lowered-to-15-8945235.html; The Independent; 17 November 2013