Call for Debate on Lowering Age for Sex to 15 years, said a Leading Public Health Expert

.

Call for Debate on Lowering Age for Sex to 15 years, said a Leading Public Healt

A leading public health expert has said that the government should think of decreasing the age approved for sex to 15 years.

A nationwide debate has been called by Professor John Ashton, president of the Faculty of Public Health. According to him, society sends `confused'  signs related to the permitted age for sex. He suggests that up to one-third of teenagers have sex before of the present age of consent which is 16 years.

Prof. Ashton told the Sunday Times that decreasing the age by one year could `draw a line in the sand' against sex at 14 or less. It would also make it easier for 15-year-olds who are in sexual relations to attain contraception or sexual health recommendation from the NHS.

He said," Because we are so confused about this and we have kept the age of consent at 16, the 15-year-olds don't have clear routes to getting some support".

The Faculty of Public Health, part of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, recommends ministers and civil servants even though it is self-governing government.

David Tucker, head of policy at the NSPCC, said that he would be glad to have a discussion on the issue but also said that he want to see the proof of the claims by Prof Ashton.


Latest News

QEP Pipeline Assets Bought by Tesoro in a $2.5 Billion Deal
Adidas’s Reebok to Get a $2.2 billion Bid from Investors
Survey Reveals Slow Wage Increases in the U.S
Eurozone’s Low Performance Draw Mixed Reactions
Too much coffee affects fertility among men
Graphic WA Heart Foundation LiveLighter campaign targets obesity
Now, a device that will improve vision
Change in gene can cause depression and ageing
U.S. Economic Growth Gets a Boost with New Home Building
Tesla May not Get an Opportunity to Open Stores in Michigan
Cuban role applauded by Kerry in Ebola fight
Travel restrictions can be caused by rising polio cases