ï»¿The minister with responsibility for Information in the office of the Prime Minister, Senator Sandrea Falconer, recently stated her intention to raise the age of consent from 16 to 18. What we need, indeed Minister, is a raise in the age of consent.
It is both an honour and a privilege to propose the moot, "The age of consent should be raised from 16 to 18". I want you to keep an open mind I take on a journey on my quest to convince you that raising the age of consent from 16 to 18, is not only a splendid idea, but also a necessity In our beautiful island of Jamaica.
According to the Merriam Webster's Dictionary, the age at which one is legally competent to give consent ...view middle of the document...
Buckle up everyone, I take you on our journey, I am confident that you too will be convinced by the arguments that I will present today.
Checkpoint 1: There is inconsistency in the Jamaican laws, where consent for different adult activities are at different ages.
According to Section 2, subsection 1 of the Child Care and Protection Act, 'adult' means a person who has attained the age of 18 years, and 'child' means a person under the age of 18 years.
Section 2 of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act states that a 'minor' means a person under the age of 18 years and Section 3, 20B Subsection 1 says 'a person shall not permit a minor to (a) bet, negotiate or otherwise participate in any betting, gaming or lottery regulated or prohibited under this act or (b) be in any room in which gaming machines are located.
The Fundamental Rights
Act, Section 4.4, subsection 2C states that a person shall be qualified to be registered as an adult if he has attained the age of 18 years.
I am 16 years old, and I can't go to a party and drink alcohol nor smoke cigarettes, because if I get caught, I will be charged because I'm not yet 18. Next year will be the general election, but no, I will not be able to vote because I have not yet attained the age of 18. I would surely love to play that new game launched by Supreme Ventures called Money time, or even Top draw, but unfortunately, I can't buy a ticket until the next two years, when I'm 18.
These engagements are all of adult activities, and I cannot participate in them because I'm not yet an adult. I'm not yet 18. So why? Why am I legally considered to be able to agree to sex, which is also an adult activity? Aren't the consequences of sex more severe than those of any of the above activities? Tell me, how will I be able to cope with some of these consequences, such as pregnancy, if I cannot legally sign a contract to obtain a stable job so that I can finance the responsibilities of having a child? I will not even be able to independently protect myself since I'm not able to enter a clinic and access health services such as HIV testing and contraceptives until I'm 18? If I do ever get pregnant, when visiting the clinic, my...