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Age of consentMost countries have age of consent laws specifying the minimum legal age for engaging in sexual intercourse. Sexual intercourse with a person against their will, or without their informed legal consent, is called rape and is considered a serious crime in most cultures. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_consent [Jun 2004]
A consensual or victimless crime is a crime where all of those involved in the act give consent, and no third parties suffer as a direct result.
Governments may justify making these acts into crimes because of indirect effects on third parties, or because of offense to cultural norms, or because the law assumes that one of the parties to the action is a "victim" despite his or her informed consent.
Consensual crimes are often described as crimes in which the victim is the state, the juridical system, or society at large. These crimes are therefore forbidden behaviours that do not imply damage to third persons, but only affect general (sometimes ideological or cultural) interests of the system, such as common sexual morality.
Some, particularly libertarians, consider the term victimless crime an oxymoron, and the idea of such inconsistent or hypocritical. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consensual_crime [Jul 2005]
A certain numbers of sex crimes are consensual: prostitution, sadomasochism.
see also: crime
Consensual sexual actions sometimes seen as crimes
Many consensual sexual actions or activities are only viewed as crimes in some jurisdictions, including:
- Anal sex
- Sex among juveniles (usually as Statutory rape)
- Oral sex
- Various Paraphilias/Fetishes such as
- transvestic fetishism
- Prostitution and/or pimping
- Ownership of vibrators and other sex toys
--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_crime [Aug 2004]
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