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High Court challenged to protect children over sexual offenders

JUSTICE for Children Trust director Caleb Mutandwa has challenged the High Court to live up to its constitutional mandate of protecting every child in Zimbabwe by setting guidelines in sentencing sexual offenders and alignment of the criminal code to the Constitution.

Recently, the law of sexual consent came under the spotlight after it was revealed that the age of consent was 12 years especially in rape cases, contrary to popular belief that the age of consent was 16.

While the Constitution does not provide for the age of consent to sexual intercourse, it protects “every child, that is to say every boy and girl under the age of eighteen years” from sexual exploitation and any form of abuse (Section 81 of the Constitution).

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