Age of Consent in Switzerland
What is the Switzerland Age of Consent?
The Age of Consent in Switzerland 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 Switzerland are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape or the equivalent local law.
Switzerland statutory rape law is violated when an individual has consensual sexual contact with a person under age 16. There is a close in age exemption, allowing minors to consent to partners 3 or less years older.
Switzerland has a close-in-age exemption. A close in age exemptions, commonly known as "Romeo and Juliet law" in the United States, is a law designed to prevent the prosecution of underage couples who engage in consensual sex when both participants are significantly close in age to each other, and one or both are below the age of consent.
Depending on the situation, the Switzerland close-in-age exemption may completely exempt qualifying close-in-age couples from the age of consent law, or merely provide a legal defence that can be used in the event of prosecution.
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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