U.N. Under Fire for Suggesting Minors Can Consent to Sexual Activity

Article originally appeared on amac.us.

WASHINGTON, DC, Apr 21 — Is the U.N. saying young children have a right to engage in consensual sex– including consensual sex with an adult? It certainly appears to have officially announced that the world needs to adopt a kinder, gentler approach to what is commonly known as “Statutory Rape” in the civilized world. If not, what does the United Nations mean when it publishes a declaration that: “sexual conduct involving persons below the domestically prescribed minimum age of consent to sex may be consensual in fact, if not in law. In this context, the enforcement of criminal law should reflect the rights and capacity of persons under 18 years of age to make decisions about engaging in consensual sexual conduct and their right to be heard in matters concerning them.”

The U.N. document, The 8 March Principles for a Human Rights-Based Approach to Criminal Law Proscribing Conduct Associated with Sex, is the handiwork of the International Committee of Jurists, the …

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