Age of Consent in Cook Islands
What is the Cook Islands Age of Consent?
The Age of Consent in Cook Islands is 16 years old. The age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity. Individuals aged 15 or younger in Cook Islands are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape or the equivalent local law.
Cook Islands statutory rape law is violated when an individual has consensual sexual contact with a girl under age 16. Defences exist if the girl is at least 12, or is the male is under age 21 and ""had reasonable cause to believe, and did believe"" that the minor was at least 16 years old. There is no age of consent for men, although sodemy is illegal at any age. It is illegal for any individual, to commit indecent acts on teens of the same gender who are under age 15.
Cook Islands does not have a close-in-age exemption. Close in age exemptions, commonly known as "Romeo and Juliet laws" in the United States, are put in place to prevent the prosecution of individuals who engage in consensual sexual activity when both participants are significantly close in age to each other, and one or both partners are below the age of consent.
Because there is no close-in-age exemption in Cook Islands, it is possible for two individuals both under the age of 16 who willingly engage in intercourse to both be prosecuted for statutory rape, although this is rare. Similarly, no protections are reserved for sexual relations in which one participant is a 15 year old and the second is a 16 or 17 year old.
Age of Consent across the world
The Age of Consent ranges from as low as 11 to as high as 20 years old across the world. Click any country for details, or view countries with the highest & lowest ages of consent.
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