Successful court challenge to the Sexual Offences Act

In 2011 Shukumisa campaign partners RAPCAN and the Teddy Bear Clinic challenged sections 15 and 16 of the SOA which criminalises consensual sex between children aged 12 -16.

In practice this law denies teenagers access to health services and meant that teenagers who fell pregnant could be arrested and so could health-workers attending to these children, if they didn’t report them to the police.

On 15 January 2013 Judge Pierre Rabie ruled that it was clear that “sexual violation” was defined so broadly in the act that it “includes conduct (such as kissing and light petting) that virtually every normal adolescent participates in at some stage or another”. This refers also to the so-called “kissing law”

Read more about the ruling and public reaction in


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