Judge: Parts of Sexual Offences Act absurd

2012-04-25 08:48
Cape Town - A North Gauteng High Court judge says certain provisions of the Sexual Offences Act are "absurd", it was reported on Wednesday.

The Act made consensual sexual activities between children aged 12 to 16 a crime, be it sex or kissing, but Judge Pierre Rabie said this could have far-reaching consequences, the Cape Times reported.

He said this would make it an offence for children under 16 to be kissed on the mouth by family members when greeting.

"This shows the absurdity [of some of the provisions of this Act]," he said.

He further said it would be an administrative nightmare should a doctor see 10 to 15 teenage patients in hospital a night, where it emerged they had had sex and would need to be reported to the police.

Under the Act, any person who was aware of consensual sexual activities between children had to report them to the police or face prosecution.

The Teddy Bear Clinic argued that by criminalising such acts, children might not access key health care services for fear of their sexual behaviour being found out.

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