Ulster age of consent 'could be lowered to 13'

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The Government was today accused of treading a "dangerous and irresponsible" path amid fears that proposals to reform sexual offences in Northern Ireland could effectively lower the age of consent to 13 in some cases. The Christian Institute said it was horrified by a number of proposals the NIO currently has out for public consultation. The Reforming The Law on Sexual Offences in Northern Ireland document was published by Criminal Justice minister David Hanson in July and the public has until Friday to register its thoughts on his proposals. The Christian Institute said it was most concerned about a question relating to whether children aged 13 or above having sex with anyone up to three years older should be treated as a criminal act.

source: Article < Ulster age of consent 'could be lowered to 13' > by Claire Regan & Claire McNeilly; www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/story.jsp?story=709603; Belfast Telegraph; 11 October 2006