Child sexual abuse occurs when sexual activity takes place involving a minor. Child sexual abuse can take various forms, both physical such as molest or intercourse and otherwise. These forms include exposing oneself, sending explicit messages or calls, masturbating in front of the victim or forcing the victim to masturbate, showing pornographic images and so on. Child sexual abuse may be committed unto a child by someone of the same age, a few years older or much older than the victim.
Consent must be given freely, voluntarily, and actively to count. There must be no threat, intimidation, pressure or guilt-tripping. All words, behaviour and circumstances are crucial to decide whether consent exists. Objection may be implied from the context and from the relationship of the parties.
The legal age to have sex in Singapore is 16 years old. This means that it is a punishable offence to have sex whether vaginal, oral or anal with persons below 16 years old, as stated in section A of the Singapore Penal Code. The genders of the parties does not matter. It also does not matter whether the minor had consented to having sex.
SINGAPORE - Minors will receive more protection against sexual predators, with new categories of sex offences and harsher punishment for sexual crimes involving those below 18, under the proposals from the Penal Code review committee. A key proposal among the series of suggested amendments will protect minors aged between 16 and 18 from being exploited for sex. Currently, there are no provisions for penetrative sexual activity arising from an exploitative or manipulative relationship for those in this age range.