The law is not intended to punish consensual i. What is the age of consent around the world? In the UK, the age of consent stands at 16, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. However, there is a close-in-age exemption of three years. While the report recognised the merits of abolishing the age of consent, it proposed retaining a prohibition on sex under the age of 14 "as a compromise with public attitudes",  stating that "although it is both logical and consistent with modern knowledge about child development, to suggest that the age of consent should be abolished, we fear that, given the present state of public attitudes on this topic, it will not be politically possible to abolish the age of consent". It is a criminal offence for a person to engage in sexual activity with someone under 13 regardless of the circumstances, and to engage in sexual activity with someone aged 13 to 16 unless certain narrow defences apply. It is illegal to take a sexual picture or video of anyone under 18, even if it is of yourself. This decision should have been made without that person being: The evidence does not indicate that you were manipulated or progressively lured into a false relationship. Individuals aged below 20 in South Korea are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape. We are actively engaging victim support groups and relevant charities to make sure the revised guidance is as robust as it possibly can be. In Scotland is it 8 years old, but a child must be at least 12 years old to go on trial in the Scottish courts. Different types of sexual assault include: Downing Street said the current age protected children and there "are no plans to change it". For example, a girl is 16 and a boy is 13; she is immune from criminal charges, but a 16 year old boy having sex with a 13 year old girl would result in jail and registration as a sex offender.