*Age Of Consent & Legal Sexual Activity for the State of
April 2003 Email
to the Courier Mail “letters” regarding their article “Report
calls for earlier sex education”(Judy Skatssoon
CM 9th April 2003, P 15) regarding the release of a report on “The
Australian Study of Health and Relationships”. The CM article states that sex
is known to be happening for men and women at 16 and that 9% of men have
either done sex with men or have wanted to. This is a powerful statistical tool
to influence the Beattie Government toward swifter reform of the Qld Sodomy Law. My emailed letter states that
To the Editor:
Re: law change needed for proper sex ed
The CM reported 9th April on the need for early and effective sex education considering the results of the recent Australian Study of Health and Relationships.
Significantly you quote that 9 percent of men have "experienced same-sex attraction and behaviour" and that the age of first intercourse is now likely to be 16 for both men and women.
Those 9 percent of
Anal intercourse is NOT the primary form of sex between men, but it is indeed the most hazardous activity for infection - especially in regard to HIV. I'm sure most parents want their sons properly prepared to care for their sexual health - regardless of what their sexuality may seem to be. A side benefit of suitably inclusive sex education will be improved self-acceptance and peer acceptance for those young men who may actually be gay or bisexual.
Our Premier, the Hon. Mr. Peter Beattie MP, chaired the 1990 Committee which clearly advised the Goss-led Parliament against enacting a Sodomy Law. His Committee's report said that the age of consent should be 16 - with no higher age for any particular gender or sexual activity. The Beattie Government should act immediately to amend the law so that schools and services can be empowered to give fully effective, inclusive sex education.
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