Sexuality and relationships
The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006 establishes the age of consent to sex at 17 years for men and women in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. A person who attempts to or has sex with a person who does not want to may be prosecuted under this legislation.
 
However, there is a specific law that deals with sexual relationships and people with intellectual disabilities. The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1993 deals with sexual relationships between a person with full capacity and a person who is ‘mentally impaired’. This law makes it illegal to have or attempt to have sex with a person with a learning disability who isn’t married.
 
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