Legal age for dating
The boy's parents, after observing him sneaking away in the middle of the night into a taxi, alerted the police who tracked the cab to a downtown hotel.Police found Beckham and the boy unclothed in a hotel room, where they were engaged in sexual activity; it was later determined that the two had also engaged in sexual intercourse the previous night.
This means that, at that age, an individual can have sex with whomever they wish as long as that person is consenting and they are the same age or older.The Canadian AIDS Society has stated that "increasing the age of consent could result in young people being more secretive about their sexual practices and not seeking out the information they need.This will place youth at an increased risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections." They referenced a Globe and Mail article who highlighted the opinions of Martha Mackinnon (Justice for Children and Youth, executive director) who had expressed concern this would decrease the pursuit of condoms.The intention of the bill is to target "sexual predators" and pimps.
Other groups that supported the increase in the age of consent were the National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC), the Canada Family Action Coalition (CFAC), Canadian Crime Victim Foundation (CCVF), Beyond Borders Inc.In addition to the age of consent, the chart also indicates whether or not there is an age-gap provision for the state.