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Age of Consent

Episode 2 of 10

Why do countries have an age of consent? If it is to protect young children from predatory adults, why is it not set universally across the globe? Mike Williams investigates.

Mike William investigates the Age of Consent. it used to be 12 in England, it''s currently 14 in italy - less for so-called "Romeo and Juliet" couples who have only three years age difference. The Why Factor explores the real reasons we draw a line on sexual relationships.

Presenter:Mike Williams
Producer:Ben Carter
Editor: Andrew Smith

The Why Factor broadcasts weekly on the BBC World Service.

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12 minutes