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Age of consent calls rejected

The Government has rejected calls from a leading public health expert to lower the age of consent, from 16 to 15. Professor John Ashton says society sends "confused" signals about when sex is permitted.

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Lowering age of consent could 'draw line in the sand'

Professor John Ashton told the Sunday Times that lowering the age of consent by a year could "draw a line in the sand" against sex at 14 or younger.

My own view is there is an argument for reducing it to 15. But you cannot do it without the public supporting the idea and we need to get a sense of public opinion about this.

– Professor John Ashton, Faculty of Public Health president

The Faculty of Public Health, part of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, gives advice to ministers and civil servants although it is independent of government.

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