Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Sexual Offences Act challenged

Sanja Bornman - An attorney for the Women’s Legal Centre spoke to us about the landmark Constitutional Court case against the criminalisation of consenting sexual activity between adolescents. In light of Child Protection Week that’s commemorated this week, the Constitutional Court will hear the declaration of invalidity by the Teddy Bear Clinic and Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (RAPCAN), represented by the Centre for Child Law regarding their challenge against the offending provisions of the Sexual Offences Act. This emerged after consensual sexual activities, including kissing, between children between the ages of 12 and 16 became a criminal offence when the Sexual Offences Act came into force in 2007.

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