Canada Raises Age of Sexual Consent to 16

Measure targets Internet sexual predators
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2008 2:43 PM CDT
Canada Raises Age of Sexual Consent to 16
Canada raised the legal age of sexual consent to 16.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Canada increased the minimum age of sexual consent by 2 years to 16 today, the Canadian Press reports. The law is intended to snare sexual predators who prey on 14- and 15-year-olds, and exempts sex that occurs between two individuals less than five years apart in age. Canada's age of consent has been 14 since 1892. (Read more Canada stories.)

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