British columbia dating laws

However, it is not an offence if the person honestly believed that you were 16 or if there was less than a two-year age difference between you. For example, if a person is 17 and has sex with someone who is 15, it is not a crime.

However, it is not an offence if the person honestly believed you were 18 or older.As pointed out in the 1984 Badgley Report on Sexual Offences Against Children, Canada has a long history of prohibiting sexual intercourse with young females, regardless of their consent.Only girls under 12 were absolutely unable to consent to sexual intercourse until 1890, when the age limit was raised to 14.Sexual assault occurs when someone did not consent to the sexual activity.If you have been in any of the following situations, you may have been a victim of sexual assault: Sexual assault can be committed by strangers.Read More Investing in public infrastructure supports efficient, affordable and sustainable transit services that help British Columbians and their families get to work, school and essential services on time and back home safely at the end of a long day.

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