The offences for unlawful sexual activities can be classified under three headings:
- Non-consensual Sexual Offences
- Sexual offences to protect vulnerable persons
- Sexual offences to protect public morality
These offences are intended to protect a person’s sexual autonomy. A person should have the right to choose freely whether to participate in any sexual conduct or activity.
These offences seek to protect persons who are vulnerable to sexual exploitation or who may not adequately understand the nature or consequences of sexual activity. Vulnerable persons generally include persons under 16 years of age and mentally incapacitated persons.
These offences seek to promote a social or moral goal by restricting sexual activities which clearly violate the generally accepted moral standards of society.
Updated on 13 August 2012