Age of consent
The age of consent means the minimum age at which someone can have sexual intercourse legally. This varies from country to country. The law is meant to protect children from sex abuse at the hands of adults, but it is also meant to protect children and youths from having sex before they are ready. Someone who has sexual contact with a child under the age of consent can be punished with a prison sentence. Sexual contact includes intercourse, masturbation, oral sex and also placing a finger or object in the genitals. The definition of sexual contact varies from country to country.