Consensual adolescent sex decriminalised

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The shadow of two teenage girls rescued from a cyber sex den is seen in this photo taken at Preda Foundation office on December 2, 2010 in Olongapo City, Zambales province, north of Manila.

JOHANNESBURG - It is now legal for children aged between 12 and 15 to have sex with each other.
 
A bill decriminalising sex between consenting adolescents has been signed into law.
 
The changes to the legislation were adopted by the National Assembly in June.
 
Parliament had been ordered to amend two sections of the bill, which the Constitutional Court had ruled invalid.
 
Children’s rights NGO Rapcan was one of the applicants in the case, it has urged parents to build strong relationships with their children so they can guide their life choices.
 
The organisation&39;s Christina Nomdo, "Rapcan is very happy that Parliament gave effect to a Concourt ruling to uphold children&39;s rights. The previous law criminalised children for what we believe is normal adolescent behaviour. The new act decriminalises. It doesn&39;t permit or legalise, I think that just gives the wrong impression. The state gives a clear message to parents that it is the role of parents to guide their children."

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