Age of consent storm over BBC debate about making sex legal for girls under 16

DAILY MAIL, 22Sep09: A BBC programme is to feature a call for the age of consent to be lowered. Law professor John Spencer will argue that the current age of consent, fixed at 16, criminalises ‘half the population’.His controversial views will be debated on the BBC Radio 4 programme Iconoclasts tomorrow evening.

In a preview of the live programme, BBC programme makers said that the Cambridge academic will argue that it should be ‘legal for young teenagers to have sex.He says the age of consent, fixed at 16 by the Sexual Offences Act 2003, makes criminals of half the population’.

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