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Name: Sexual Offences Act, 2012.
Country: Sierra Leone
Subject(s): Criminal and penal law
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 2012-08-23
Entry into force:
ISN: SLE-2012-L-92359
Bibliography: Legislation on-line Legislation on-line Sierra Leone Legal Information Institute (SierraLii), Sierra Leone PDF PDF (consulted on 2013-02-19)
Abstract/Citation: The Act, inter alia, incresaes the minimum jail sentence for sexual violations from two years to between five and fifteen years. It defines consent as an agreement by choice with the person having both the freedom and the capacity to make that choice. Persons under the age of 18 years are not capable of giving consent under the Act. Marriage can also not be used as a defence against violations of the Act, effectively prohibiting forced sex in marital relationships. The Act protects children, especially girls, from being abused by teachers, as well as traditional and religious leaders.

The Prevention of Cruelty to Children Act (Cap 31.) is amended by repealing sections 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 15.
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