Sex & the Law


The laws on sex and sexual behaviour are designed to keep everyone safe - especially children and young people.


Everyone has the right to feel safe in their relationships, to not be hurt (physically or verbally) or bullied.



How Does the Law affect me?


The ‘age of consent’ means the age someone needs to be before they can agree to have sex.


In Scotland this is 16 for girls and boys, whether straight or LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender). This includes all types of sex including oral sex. If one of you is under 16 then the one who is over 16 is breaking the law.



Under the influence


Sometimes people drink or take drugs and they can't remember whether they have had sex (even if they did want to) and, in some cases, people are unsure whether they consented to sex because they cannot remember


• CONSENT means a free agreement and that can only happen when your decision making is not being affected by drink, drugs, fear or persuasion


Knowing more about sex, alcohol and drugs should help you to make some safer choices


For further information click here for The Lowdown