“There are good reasons for retaining 18 as the age of consent for anal sex,” FamilyVoice Queensland State Director Geoffrey Bullock said today, commenting on the Queensland Attorney-General’s proposal to reduce it to 16.
“The health risks associated with these acts – even when condoms are used – are significantly higher than the risks with normal heterosexual intercourse.
“The anus and rectum were not designed for this activity. The thin rectal wall is easily breached, enabling pathogens to enter the bloodstream. That is why rates of sexually transmitted infections such as HIV, syphilis and gonorrhoea are much higher among those who practise anal sex.
“Sixteen year olds are less likely than adults to appreciate the consequences of their actions. Queensland should retain its current age of consent laws,” Geoffrey Bullock said.
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