This applies to kissing and petting as well. In addition, some are of the view that raising the age of consent is in the best interest of the child as required by law. So for example there is nothing to stop you visiting your doctor, or a sexual health service and ask to be put on the pill or to get a bag of condoms, or even just to have a chat if you fancied. You have the right to change your mind at any time. It was always their parents. While some argued for it to be raised to 16, others wanted it to be on par with the age for marriage. And do you know with specific detail how that occurs, exactly? In , England raised it to That inconsistency in logic undercuts the alleged logic of an outright ban. People were appalled that marrying someone before the age of 18 is considered a less serious offence than defilement; it is a misdemeanour which carries a punishment of between 1 and 3 years in jail. So, it is interesting that after almost two decades, this debate has not gone away, mainly as a result of the campaign to end child marriage in Ghana by A popular example of this was the dispute between a proprietor of a school and a student, brought before the Gender court in As this situation is not unique to Ghana, they argue that we can learn a lot from the ways other countries have handled their situation. The country should not shy away from acknowledging the hormonal changes that exist in teenagers since it is almost impossible to stop them from pursuing the sexual curiosity it induces. By the s, English social reformers had become appalled by the extent of child prostitution, especially in London, and began agitating to stop it. There may be a separate question as to underyear-olds, but this law extends to and year-olds as well. And also that at 18, a person is financially, mentally, and emotionally better off than a year-old in terms of marriage.