The NSPCC said it was welcome to a debate on the lowering of the age of consent but would want to see the evidence for the claims it would benefit 15-year-olds.
The children's charity's head of policy David Tucker told the Sunday Times:
Has there really been a significant change in the amount of young people having sex over the past 20 or 30 years?
If it has changed, then is reducing the age of consent the most sensible way to deal with it?
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