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Is it legal 16 year old and 20 year old to talk sexually (no

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Hi, is it legal for a 16 year old and 20 year old to talk sexually (no photos etc.) via text message?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: UK Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Do either side object?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Jo,Neither side object, the female 16 year old initiates. I'm currently very cautious. We have been talking for a while and it's very much consensual.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

I would be very cautious.

In principle there are no offences because there are no images and the written words are consensual.

Be aware that she cannot lawfully consent to sending any indecent image.

If it is just texts though then that is lawful but it does expose you to a dangerous situation.

Can I clarify anything for you?


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks Jo, I appreciate your quick responses. That was my gut instinct.Could you clarify the dangerous situation? Should I be worried?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Always be wary when communicating with a person under 18.

And with ladies you need to watch the ones who have a history of making allegations of abuse and run for the hills.

Most women do not accuse of course. A very small number do you and you do not want anything to do with them.