Joy as sexual consent remains at 18 years! This is after a motion was set in 2019 to lower the consent age to 16 years, a surge to have consent age lowered to 16 years was that more underage children were involved in the sexual act among fellow underage counter parts and some with adults.
Ministry of Labor and Social Protection together with National Gender and Equality Commission, gave a statement on 17th on March, 2021, that is backed up with research justifying why the consent age will remain at 18 years.
Mental and physical health were the prevailing reasons given, stating that a child whose is sexually exposed at a young age will have serious mental and physical health issues that may affect them for a life time.
Netizens backed this statement capturing that those who are fighting for the consent date to be reduced are actually adults who are taking advantage of the young girls and boys.
The ruling on the consent age is a big win to our organization given that we have a goal to end sexual violence in Kenya. The organization has been offering counseling and support to sexually violated children since 2018 and we believe that the recent ruling will actually help reduce the cases of sexual violence in the country.
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