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What happens if a 17 year old gets a 16 year old pregnant 


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You ask what happens if a 17-year-old gets a 16-year-old pregnant.
In Ireland, the legal age to give consent, or willingly agree to having sexual intercourse, is 17. However, Irish law also states that if there is an age difference of two years or less (for example, a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old), the younger person can consent to this activity. In this situation, consent must also have been given freely and voluntarily; no one can have felt pressured or intimidated, and neither person can be in a position of authority.
The law is not there to criminalise young people but to protect them from abuse and exploitation. Ultimately, it is up to the court to decide if the act was consensual, even if these conditions were met, should a case be taken against one or other partner.
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