NOT REAL NEWS: Mexico Did Not Lower Age of Consent to 12

07/11/2018 The New York Times

Mexico CityMexico has not lowered its age for sexual consent to 12, contrary to claims circulating on social media and websites.

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter tweeted on June 30 that the age of consent in Mexico is now “12 for the whole country,” and linked to a Your News Wire story making the same claim.

Mexico raised its age for sexual consent from 12 to 15 in 2012, according to a review of historical changes to the penal code available online from the Mexican government. Prior to the change, sexual activity involving children from the age of 12 through 17 could still be prosecuted under laws governing corruption of minors, or if consent was obtained through deceit. Those restrictions now apply to children 15 to 17 years old.

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