In Europe, what is the age of which young people can consent "I agree with sexual activity"?
These questions are recently raised in France. A 28-year old man was tried for the rape of an 11-year-old girl. He had lured the girl to his apartment in a Paris suburb promising of teaching her how to “kiss properly”. Surprisingly, Prosecutors ruled that the offense was not raped as there was no evidence of violence, constraint, threat or surprise.
It is difficult to make a comparison between countries when the legal system largely differs in how to deal with sexual abuse cases including minors.
In the UK, Germany, and Spain, there is a minimum age, under which the non-consent of a minor is assumed.
Here is the list.
14 years old
Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Portugal.
The law: Individuals can consent to sex at 14 years old.
15 years old
Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden.
The law: A sexual act with a person under this age is considered rape.
16 years old
Belgium, Lithuania, Latvia, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Spain, Finland, and Luxembourg
The law: Anyone under 16 years old is considered a minor in sexual cases.
17 years old
UK, Germany, and Spain
Some countries in Europe also consider the factors like the age difference between the two persons.