Other variables, for example homosexual and/or sodomy provision(s) that are illegal or close in age exceptions may exist and are stated when relevant.
The below is a list of all jurisdictions in Africa as listed in List of sovereign states and dependent territories in Africa.
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The age of consent in Africa for sexual activity varies by jurisdiction across the continent. The specific activity engaged in or the gender of its participants can also be affected by the law.
Section 15 ("statutory rape") prohibits the commission of "an act of sexual penetration with a child who is 12 years of age or older but under the age of 16 years", while section 16 ("statutory sexual assault") prohibits the commission of "an act of sexual violation with a child who is 12 years of age or older but under the age of 16 years".
The law includes a close-in-age exception, so that sexual acts between two children where both are between 12 and 16, or where one is under 16 and the other is less than two years older, are not criminal.
Below is a discussion of the various laws dealing with this subject.
The highlighted age refers to an age at or above which an individual can engage in unfettered sexual relations with another person who is also at or above that age.As well as all same-sex sexual conduct, Article 338, and "outrages to public decency", Article 333.The punishment for both the first two activities with those under 18 years of age is more severe for the older participant.The Girls' and Mentally Defective Women's Protection Act, 1916, which replaced the differing age of consent laws of the four colonies that formed the Union of South Africa, criminalised sexual intercourse between a man and a girl under the age of sixteen unless they were married.This act was replaced by a similar prohibition in section 14 of the Immorality Act, 1957.Through our extensive profiles, members can learn about each other before meeting in person.