WHEN Lina Medina's stomach began growing, doctors were certain she was suffering from a large tumour - she was only five years old, after all. But after running tests they found she was seven months pregnant after being raped and weeks later she gave birth to a healthy baby boy. At the age of five, her mother noticed her growing abdomen after she complained about having stomach pains. Just weeks later on May 14, , she gave birth to a baby boy via Caesaerean as her young pelvis was deemed to small for a natural birth. When Gerardo was born , the doctor discovered that despite only being five years old, Lina had mature sexual organs and suffered from a a condition called precocious puberty. Although the family have never spoken to the press, Lina's mother reportedly noticed that her daughter started having periods from the age of three.
What Is the Age of Consent in California?
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To help protect youth from sexual predators and to fight child sexual exploitation, which has become increasingly prominent in the age of the Internet, the Government of Canada has passed new legislation increasing the age of consent for sexual activity. From until recently, the age at which a youth could consent to nonexploitative sexual activity was 14 years 1. With the recent change to the criminal code of Canada, the age of consent for nonexploitative sexual activity is now 16 years. Nonexploitative activity is defined as sexual activity that does not involve prostitution or pornography, and where there is no relationship of trust, authority or dependency between the persons involved 1. A coach, spiritual leader, teacher, school principal, guidance counsellor or family member are all examples of persons in a position of trust or authority with youth. For exploitative sexual activity prostitution or pornography, or where there is a relationship of trust, authority or dependency , the age of consent is 18 years. The spirit of the new legislation is not to regulate consensual teenage sexual activity.
Do teenagers have a human right to consensual sexual activity?
Nonjuror asks :. Tim Loughton MP wants each of any pair of unders who have sex to face criminal prosecution under the existing law. As I understand it, all persons have a human right to consensual sexual activity, so are the grounds on which these unders are deemed not to have that right going suddenly, at some time, to be similarly found untenable because this prohibition is founded on no more than the interest, inconvenience or embarrassment of adults? For centuries, the law prohibiting sexual activity with children has operated on the basis that there is a certain age below which children cannot consent to sex.
In California, the age of consent is This means that in order for someone to voluntarily engage in sexual activity, they must be at least years-of-age. And if an adult engages in sexual intercourse with a minor, they break the law and can be subject to criminal prosecution.