Sex at a young age
Belgium has a law to protect young people from engaging in sexual intercourse when they are too young to make a proper decision. This is the law on the age of consent.
In Belgium, the age of consent for engaging in sexual intercourse is 16. Before this age, sexual intercourse is forbidden. There is an exception. Between the ages of 14 and 16, young people may consent to sexual acts (sex) provided that the difference in age to the other person is no more than three years and there is no relationship of authority or trust.
In practice, cases will be prosecuted only if there is a considerable age difference between the partners and/or one of the partners did not agree to have sex. For example: if somebody files a complaint about a boy of 15 and a girl of 14, in which both gave their full consent to have sexual intercourse, there will be no prosecution as this is not punishable by law.