Often this is referred to as "pressing charges" against the accused.
In reality, it is not the accused who presses charges, nor is it their decision.
Sex between young persons and adults can lead to long-range problems that will affect the adolescents for the rest of their lives.
Such activity can and does lead to sexually transmitted diseases (STDS and AIDS), unexpected pregnancies, the lowering of self-esteem and the curtailment of education, among other problems.
The provincial attorneys-general have tried to convince the federal Liberal government over the past several years to raise the age of consent.
One of the most difficult questions facing victims is whether or not they choose to report the crime to the police.
If charges are pressed, you may be forced to take the stand and testify under oath or affirmation.
To report abuse or seek help, call the Alberta Child Abuse Hotline at: 1-800-387-KIDS (5437).In defining "assault", the Code includes physical contact and threats.OTTAWA - Canada's age of sexual consent will be bumped up two years to 16 beginning Thursday.The intent of the new law is not to criminalize teenage sex, but to crackdown on adults who prey on youth, former justice minister Vic Toews said when the bill making the change was introduced.The law includes a "close-in-age'' provision of five years, which means it would be legal for a 15-year-old to have relations with a 19-year-old provided the relationship is not exploitive and the older party is not in a position of authority or trust.Definition of Sexual Assault in Canada's Criminal Code Canada's Criminal Code has no specific "rape" provision.Instead, it defines assault and provides for a specific punishment for "sexual assault".Young people under 12 years of age cannot give consent at all, even with someone who is close in age. Products such as condoms (male and female), spermicides, or contraceptive sponges do not require a prescription and can be purchased by anyone regardless of age.You do not have to prove that you are a certain age, and no one should ask you for proof of age. You can also purchase individual male condoms from vending machines in many restaurants or bars.This provision was based on the British law at that time, except that the age of consent in Britain was a year younger, at 13 years of age.Setting the age of consent for sexual intercourse at 14 years of age may have been acceptable 114 years ago, when life expectancy was much shorter, but it is no longer acceptable today because present-day 14 year old adolescents, who are still in school, today do not have the maturity to make responsible decisions in regard to their sexual activity with adults.