Sex before 16: why the law is failing

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Poll in Britain

On November 16, 2003 Channel 4 broadcast a programme; "Sex Before 16: Why the Law is Failing" and afterwards conducted a phone poll of its viewers in the United Kingdom.

Of the 3366 respondents to the four options;

  • 34% thought the age of consent should be reduced to 14
  • 35% thought it should stay at 16
  • 13% thought it should be raised to 18
  • 18% thought it should be abolished

Whilst this would suggest that there is more potential to lower the age, the topic remains controversial, and the Channel 4 viewer sample is questionably libertarian.

source: 'Age of Consent'; www.newgon.com/wiki/Age_of_Consent; Taken from website: 30 January 2014; NewgonWiki; www.channel4.com/health/microsites/ A/adultat14/consent/aoc_vote.shtml; Program Channel 4: 16 November 2003