Congress: Bill to raise age of sexual consent to 16 in Peru is presented

Congress: Bill to raise age of sexual consent to 16 in Peru is presented
Congress: Bill to raise age of sexual consent to 16 in Peru is presented

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The congresswoman of Popular Renewal, Miracles Jauregui de Aguayo, introduced a bill to raise the age of sexual consent in Peru from 14 to 16 years.

To this end, the aim is to amend Article 173 of the Penal Code, which refers to the sexual violation of a minor, to add that if the victim is between 14 and 16 years old, “he or she will be punished with a prison sentence of no less than fourteen and no more than twenty years.” It also hopes to amend Article 175, on sexual violation by deception, to read as follows:

“Anyone who, through deception, has carnal access via vaginal, anal or oral means or performs any other analogous act with the introduction of an object or part of the body via any of the first two means, to a person aged sixteen and under eighteen years shall be punished with a prison sentence of no less than six and no more than nine years.”

Milagros Jáuregui seeks to eliminate inclusive language from school texts.

According to the conservative legislator, this way teenagers will understand that they should not rush into starting their sexual life and will avoid teenage pregnancies or early sexually transmitted diseases. In addition, she says that the Ministry of Health will reduce the psychological treatments given to minors who began having sex without being prepared for it.

According to the proposal, this is the age of consent in other countries around the world, starting from 14 and going up to 18 years:

  • 14 years: Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Germany, Andorra, Austria and Bulgaria,
  • 15 years: El Salvador, Mexico, Uruguay, France, Croatia, Poland, Romania, Greece, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland.
  • 16 years: Algeria, Andorra, Cuba, Spain, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom, USA (30 states), New Zealand, Canada, Ukraine, Russia and Switzerland.
  • 17 years: USA (9 states), Ireland and Cyprus
  • 18 years: Costa Rica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, USA (12 states) and Turkey

The Congressional Women and Family Commissionchaired by Miracles Jauregui de Aguayo, approved in June of this year a ruling that restricts access to the Comprehensive sexual education (CSE).

This initiative allows parents or guardians to choose educational institutions that align with their beliefs, arguing the right to freedom of conscience and to decide on the education of their children.

Among the parliamentarians who spoke out, Heidi Juárezof We can Peruexpressed concern about the limited information on sexuality offered in public schools.

Milagros Jáuregui was an evangelical pastor before running for Congress with Popular Renewal. Photo: Congress of the Republic

For his part, the representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Peru, Hugo Gonzalezwarned Andean that the rate of teenage pregnancy has increased nationwide, particularly among girls under 14, most of whom become pregnant as a result of sexual abuse.

In addition, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI)births to mothers aged 10 to 14 increased by 12.7% in 2022 compared to 2021.

Consequently, the feminist organization Flora Tristan The Spanish authorities expressed their disagreement with the ruling because it would limit access to ESI, meaning that young people would be deprived of information that is crucial for their health and well-being. In this regard, they urged the authorities to promote education based on human rights, equality and dignity.

In other countries in the region, there have been signs of success in reducing the number of teenage pregnancies. In Argentina, for example, a 50% reduction was achieved in five years through the implementation of comprehensive sexual education strategies, González said.

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