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She hid her pregnancy

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If I sister hid her pregnancy and is 15 and he 18 what the law she has adhd 

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In Ireland, the legal age of consent is 17-years-old. This means that any sexual activity with a person under the age of 17 is considered illegal.  Additionally, it is against the law for an adult to engage in any sexual activity with a minor under the age of 17. The law aims to protect minors from exploitation and abuse by adults.  

If your sister, who is 15 years old, is pregnant and the father is 18 years old, this could raise legal concerns. In Ireland, if a person engages in sexual activity with a minor under the age of 17, it is considered a criminal offense. The law is in place to safeguard minors and ensure that the are not taken advantage of by adults.  

It is important to discuss that your sister has ADHD. Individuals with ADHD may face additional challenges in understanding social boundaries and making sound judgments.  It’s important to provide her with appropriate support and guidance tailored towards her specific needs. 

Your sister may be feeling overwhelmed, scared or confused about her pregnancy and the legal implications, therefore its important to create a safe space for her to express her feelings and concerns without judgment.  

Encourage open communication with your sister and parents and offer emotional support throughout this challenging time. Guiding her towards mental health resources to navigate this situation is so important. 

If needed please find a list of supports available:  

  • Citizens information: provides detailed information around teenage pregnancy and can support your sister during this time.
  • Phone My Options Freephone: 1800 82 80 10 Outside of the Republic of Ireland: +353 59 9165066
  • Information and counselling Monday to Thursday: 9am to 8pm Friday: 9am to 7pm Saturday: 10am to 2pm
  • Medical advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Unplanned pregnancy – continued pregnancy supports – HSE.ie
  • adhdireland.ie/ will detail a range of supports and resources that are also available.  

You and your sister can contact our free phone service at 1800 66 66 66, or you can chat with us through our webchat service, by clicking on the purple Messenger circle at www.childline.ie. We are here for every young person 18 years and younger, any time for any reason, 24-hours a day, every day.

Support is available for each step of this journey. Remember, you are not alone. It is essential that you look after yourself too, so that you can look after your sister.

Take care of yourself,  

Alex

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