'Double-Edged Sword In Sexual Consent Bill'


The SRHR Africa Trust (SAT) and Botswana Youth Hub have expressed concern regarding hidden and unintended consequences in increasing the age of sexual consent proposed by Specially Elected Member of Parliament, Bogolo Kenewendo last year.

The move by Parliament to pass the motion to raise the age of sexual consent to 18 years into law could be a double-edged sword when left as it is, SAT warned. Kenewendo, now the substantive Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, tabled the motion last year, seeking amendment to the Penal Code.

However, SAT, an organisation that works with communities and civil society organisations to mobilise and strengthen their capacity to respond to the HIV pandemic, and improve sexual and reproductive health and rights in East and Southern African countries including Botswana, has come out to say that the proposed law has an unintended effect of turning children into criminals.

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