Spain Raises Age of Consent for Sex, Marriage

Posted: April 9, 2013 in Uncategorized


Until last week, the ages of consent to have sex or marry in Spain were among the lowest in the world: 13 years for sex, 14 years for marriage.

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But citing health and safety concerns, Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato said the country would raise the minimum consenting age for marriage to 16, reports Medical Daily. The new minimum age for consensual sex? That’s still to be determined by Parliament.

The move to raise the age of consent comes on the heels of a proposal in India to lower the age of consent from 18 to 16 — where recent brutal rapes cast a harsh spotlight on attitudes towards sexual harassment. That proposal ultimately failed, and the age of consent was fixed, although not without controversy, at 18 years.

By comparison, the age of consent in…

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