11 to 21: Here are consent ages to engage in s#xual acts around the world

People across the world are outraged about the charges facing celebrated RnB singer Robert Kelly alias R. Kelly that include child pornography.

That sets the question, do you know the age at which people are legally allowed to have s3x?

According to our research, some countries permit girls as young as 11 to consent to s3x with a man.

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First of all, consent means that both people in a s3xual encounter must agree to it and engaging in a s3xual act without the other person’s consent is considered s3xual assault or rape.

Before I delve into how the legal age of consent varies across the world, we take a look at a landmark ruling made in Kenya by one Justice Said Chitembwe.

In 2016, Chitembwe attracted international attention when he released a man convicted of defiling a minor ruling that the victim appeared willing to have s3x with the defendant.

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Woman flirting with a man
Woman flirting with a man

Chitembwe acquitted 24-year-old Martin Charo, 24, who had been sentenced to 20 years in prison for having s3x with a 13-year-old.

While making his ruling, he is quoted by saying “Where the child behaves like an adult and willingly sneaks into men’s houses for purposes of having s3x, the court ought to treat such a child as a grown up who knows what she is doing.”

In Kenya, a child below 18 years is not allowed to have sexual intercourse, but looking at other nations, children as young as 11 can give consensual s3x!

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Below is a pictorial chart on how the legal age of consent varies around the world courtesy of

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