In NovemberBeckham was sentenced to 17 years in prison, to be followed by lifetime supervision. Exploitative sexual activity, sexual assault or sexual activity with anyone younger than 12 years of age or between 12 and 16 years of age, except as above, should raise child protection concerns.
Department of Justice. Age of Consent to Sexual Activity Consent to sexual activity The age of consent is the age at which a young person can legally agree to sexual activity. The maximum penalty for this offence is 2 years. She talked on CTV News Channel 's " Mike Duffy Live" where she stated: " What it will do is infringe upon the rights of youth in terms of their ability to make decisions on their own sexuality ".
Youth 12 or 13 years of age can consent to nonexploitative sexual activity with peers when the age difference is no more than two years.
It is against the law for anyone to expose their genital organs for a sexual purpose to a person under the age of 16 years. The sex of each participant can also influence perceptions of an individual's guilt and therefore enforcement.
Consequently, the only crime Beckham could be prosecuted for in Canada was a relatively minor offense of possession of child pornography. Members are encouraged to contact the CMPA for advice if they are uncertain of their reporting obligations arising from the age of consent for sexual activity.
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Luring a child It is against the law for anyone to use the internet to communicate with a young person in order to commit a sexual or abduction offence against that young person. This will place youth at an increased risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
MacKay R. Hidden categories: Webarchive template wayback links. There is also a "close in age" exception for 12 and 13 year olds. Views Read Edit View history. In Beckham's home state of Texasthe age of consent is 17 and violators can face prison terms of up to 10—20 years.
The Criminal Code protects all Canadians from sexual abuse and exploitation. If the person is not prosecuted in the country where the offence is alleged to have occurred, the person could be prosecuted in Canada. Peter Dudding , Executive Director of the Child Welfare League of Canada, criticized the bill's effect of removing judicial discretion in cases involving and year-olds: "When we deal with arbitrary cut-offs, we lose the flexibility to apply the law in a much more specific and individualized kind of way.
In other words, a person must be at least 16 years old to be able to legally agree to sexual activity. A 14 or 15 year old can consent to sexual activity as long as the partner is less than five years older and there is no relationship of trust, authority or dependency or any other exploitation of the young person.
All Canadian provinces and territories have child protection legislation with mandatory reporting laws for suspected cases of child maltreatment.