Rape and sexual assault can occur within relationships.
If you didn’t freely agree, then it’s illegal, whoever does it to you.
If you are an adult with a ‘duty of care’ for a young person under 18 (for example a teacher, youth worker or social worker), it is illegal to have sex with anyone who comes under your care, .
If you are over 18 and meet someone in a club for over-18s, don’t assume they are over 16 and can give their consent.
The Legal Age of Consent The law says that everyone must be aged 16 before they can have sex.
The age of consent is the same for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or who you’re having sex with.
This is because the law judges that young people cannot make informed decisions about sex, both physically and emotionally, even if they are physically able to have sex.The age of consent also exists to protect young people from being sexually exploited or abused by older people.