It is never okay for any person to have sex with another person who is under 16.
For 16 year olds, another person who is 16 can have sex with you if you both agree to it.
can advise you if you have any concerns about free agreement (consent) during sex.
Family means your parent, your grandparent, brother, sister, half- brother or half-sister.
When the law is broken, the police and courts may get involved.
There are services that can help you with how you’re feeling, safe sex, relationships, sexual abuse and the law.
If you have been sexually abused, the experience and impact of that will be different for you than for anyone else, but whatever your reaction, it is a normal response to an extreme situation. finger, tongue) or an object is fully or partially inside another person’s vagina or anus.
So even if you say yes to sex, a person who has sex with you can be charged with a serious criminal offence, jailed and placed on the sex offender register. A person does not freely agree to sex when: (1) submitting because of force or fear; OR (2) they are being restrained against their wishes; OR (3) they are asleep, unconscious or severely affected by alcohol or another drug; OR (4) mistakenly believing that the sex is for medical or hygienic purposes.
In South Australia, there are a few different ages of consent imposing limitations on when and with who you can have sex, explained below. There are other ways too in which the law says that a person has not freely agreed to sex.
So, sex here means sexual penetration – we are not talking here about kissing or touching that does not involve sexual penetration.
We are also not talking here about the additional laws applying to sex that is filmed, photographed or distributed online or by phone (for that see our South Australia page).