Learning how to protect yourself from unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, will also help you become more confident when the time is right to have sex.SAN FRANCISCO -- A sharp-eyed airline passenger spotted another passenger texting about sexually assaulting children, leading officers in California and Washington state to arrest two people and find two young victims, authorities said Thursday.Being too young to legally have sex doesn’t mean that you can’t get clued up about it or start exploring your sexual feelings either.You can still find out about sex by exploring your own body and what works for you.Being aware of global variations is also a good idea to avoid breaking the law in other countries.Also remember that ‘sex’ means different things in different countries.In the eyes of the law people are unable to give informed consent to sex when they are still considered a child.This may seem unfair, but try to remember that the law is there to protect you.
In many countries, the law isn’t intended to be used to punish consensual teenage sexual behaviour, but this doesn’t mean it’s ok to have consensual underage sex.
It could also vary if you are gay or lesbian - in many countries gay and lesbian sex is illegal.
Here are a few examples of the heterosexual age of consent in different countries: Essentially it means that if you have sex with someone when you or they are under the age of consent, then you are breaking the law – even if you both have sex willingly.
There’s no set age to be ready for sex so the law has to generalise.
It’s important to know the age of consent where you live and how it applies to you.