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Child: Age of Consent

Definition under Jersey law - The Protection of Children (Jersey) Law 1994 Sexual Offences (Jersey) Law 2007.

The age of consent to sexual relations (heterosexual or homosexual) in Jersey is 16, on the basis that it is presumed that people of that age have capacity to make decisions about sex. That view is then reflected in number of statutory offences for the protection of children. The Protection of Children (Jersey) Law 1994 provides for various offences relating to, among other things the making and distribution of child pornography. The interpretation provision of that law provides that for those purposes a “child” means a person under the age of 16. Likewise there is provision in the Sexual Offences (Jersey) Law 2007, which provides for the offences of grooming and abuse of a position of trust which qualifies the application of those laws to 16 and 17 year olds.

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