Sexual Offences Act 2003 Explanatory Notes

  • Explanatory Notes Table of contents
  1. Introduction

  2. Background

  3. Summary

  4. Territorial Application: Wales

  5. Commentary on Sections

    1. Part 1: Sexual Offences

      1. Section 1: Rape

      2. Section 2: Assault by penetration

      3. Section 3: Sexual assault

      4. Section 4: Causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent

      5. Section 5: Rape of a child under 13

      6. Section 6: Assault of a child under 13 by penetration

      7. Section 7: Sexual assault of a child under 13

      8. Section 8: Causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity

      9. Section 9: Sexual activity with a child

      10. Section 10: Causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity

      11. Section 11: Engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child

      12. Section 12: Causing a child to watch a sexual act

      13. Section 13: Child sex offences committed by children or young persons

      14. Section 14: Arranging or facilitating commission of a child sex offence

      15. Section 15: Meeting a child following sexual grooming

      16. Section 16: Abuse of position of trust: sexual activity with a child

        Section 17: Abuse of position of trust: causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity

        Section 18: Abuse of position of trust: sexual activity in the presence of a child

        Section 19: Abuse of position of trust: causing a child to watch a sexual act

      17. Section 20: Abuse of position of trust: acts done in Scotland

      18. Section 21: Positions of trust

        Section 22: Positions of trust: interpretation

      19. Section 23: Sections 16 to 19: marriage exception

      20. Section 24: Sections 16 to 19: sexual relationships which pre-date position of trust

      21. Section 25: Sexual activity with a child family member

      22. Section 26: Inciting a child family member to engage in sexual activity

      23. Section 27: Family relationships

      24. Section 28: Sections 25 and 26: marriage exception

      25. Section 29: Sections 25 and 26: sexual relationships which pre-date family relationships

      26. Section 30: Sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder impeding choice

        Section 31: Causing or inciting a person, with a mental disorder impeding choice, to engage in sexual activity

        Section 32: Engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a person with a mental disorder impeding choice

        Section 33: Causing a person, with a mental disorder impeding choice, to watch a sexual act

      27. Section 34: Inducement, threat or deception to procure sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder

        Section 35: Causing a person with a mental disorder to engage in or to agree to engage in sexual activity by inducement, threat or deception

        Section 36: Engaging in sexual activity in the presence, procured by inducement, threat or deception, of a person with a mental disorder

        Section 37: Causing a person with a mental disorder to watch a sexual act by inducement, threat or deception

      28. Section 38: Care workers: sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder

        Section 39: Care workers: causing or inciting sexual activity

        Section 40: Care workers: sexual activity in the presence of a person with a mental disorder

        Section 41: Care workers: causing a person with a mental disorder to watch a sexual act

      29. Section 42: Care workers: interpretation

      30. Section 43: Sections 38 to 41: marriage exception

      31. Section 44: Sections 38 to 41: sexual relationships which pre-date care relationships

      32. Section 45: Indecent photographs of persons aged 16 or 17

      33. Section 46: Criminal proceedings, investigations

      34. Section 47: Paying for sexual services of a child

      35. Section 48: Causing or inciting child prostitution or pornography

      36. Section 49: Controlling a child prostitute or a child involved in pornography

      37. Section 50: Arranging or facilitating child prostitution or pornography

      38. Section 51: Sections 48 to 50: Interpretation

      39. Section 52: Causing or inciting prostitution for gain

      40. Section 53: Controlling prostitution for gain

      41. Section 54: Sections 52 and 53: interpretation

      42. Section 55: Penalties for keeping a brothel used for prostitution

      43. Section 56: Extension of gender-specific prostitution offences

      44. Section 57: Trafficking into the UK for sexual exploitation

      45. Section 58: Trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation

      46. Section 59: Trafficking out of the UK for sexual exploitation

      47. Section 60: Sections 57 to 59: interpretation and jurisdiction

      48. Section 61: Administering a substance with intent

      49. Section 62: Committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence

      50. Section 63 Trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence

      51. Section 64: Sex with an adult relative: penetration

        Section 65: Sex with an adult relative: consenting to penetration

      52. Section 66: Exposure

      53. Section 67: Voyeurism

      54. Section 68: Voyeurism: interpretation

      55. Section 69: Intercourse with an animal

      56. Section 70: Sexual penetration of a corpse

      57. Section 71: Sexual activity in a public lavatory

      58. Section 72: Offences outside the United Kingdom

      59. Section 73: Exceptions to aiding, abetting or counselling

      60. Section 74: "Consent"

      61. Section 75: Evidential presumptions about consent

      62. Section 76: Conclusive presumptions about consent

      63. Section 77: Sections 75 and 76: relevant acts

      64. Section 78: "Sexual"

      65. Section 79: General interpretation

    2. Part 2: Notification and Orders

      1. Section 80: Persons becoming subject to notification requirements

      2. Section 81: Persons formerly subject to Part 1 of the Sex Offenders Act 1997

      3. Section 82: The notification period

      4. Section 83: Notification requirements: initial notification

      5. Section 84: Notification requirements: changes

      6. Section 85: Notification requirements: periodic notification

      7. Section 86: Notification requirements: travel outside the United Kingdom

      8. Section 87: Method of notification and related matters

      9. Section 88: Section 87: interpretation

      10. Section 89: Young offenders: parental directions

      11. Section 90: Parental directions: variations, renewals and discharges

      12. Section 91: Offences relating to notification

      13. Section 92: Certificates for the purposes of Part 2

      14. Section 93: Abolished homosexual offences

      15. Section 94: Part 2: supply of information to Secretary of State for verification

      16. Section 95: Part 2: supply of information by Secretary of State

      17. Section 96: Information about release or transfer

      18. Section 97: Notification orders: applications and grounds

      19. Section 98: Notification orders: effect

      20. Section 99: Sections 97 and 98: relevant offences

      21. Section 100: Interim notification orders

      22. Section 101: Notification orders and interim notification orders: appeals

      23. Section 102: Appeals in relation to notification orders and interim notification orders: Scotland

      24. Section 103: Sections 97 to 100: Scotland

      25. Section 104: Sexual offences prevention orders: applications and grounds

      26. Section 105: SOPOs: further provision as respects Scotland

      27. Section 106: Section 104: supplemental

      28. Section 107: SOPOs: effect

      29. Section 108: SOPOs: variations, renewals and discharges

      30. Section 109: Interim SOPOs

      31. Section 110: SOPOs and interim SOPOs: appeals

      32. Section 111: Appeals in relation to SOPOs and interim SOPOs: Scotland

      33. Section 112: Sections 104 and 106 to 109: Scotland

      34. Section 113: Offence: breach of SOPO or interim SOPO

      35. Section 114: Foreign travel orders: applications and grounds

      36. Section 115: Section 114: interpretation

      37. Section 116: Section 114: qualifying offenders

      38. Section 117: Foreign travel orders: effect

      39. Section 118: Foreign travel orders: variations, renewals and discharges

      40. Section 119: Foreign travel orders: appeals

      41. Section 120: Appeals in relation to foreign travel orders: Scotland

      42. Section 121: Sections 114 to 118: Scotland

      43. Section 122: Offence: breach of foreign travel order

      44. Section 123: Risk of sexual harm order: applications, grounds and effects

      45. Section 124: Section 123: interpretation.

      46. Section 125: RSHOs: variations, renewals and discharges

      47. Section 126: Interim RSHOs

      48. Section 127: RSHOs and Interim RSHOs : appeals

      49. Section 128: Offence: breach of RSHO or Interim RSHO

      50. Section 129: Effect of a conviction of an offence under section 128

      51. Section 130: Power to amend Schedules 3 and 5

      52. Section 131: Young offenders: application

      53. Section 132: Offences with thresholds

      54. Section 133: Part 2: General interpretation

      55. Section 134: Conditional discharges and probation orders

      56. Section 135: Interpretation: mentally disordered offenders

      57. Section 136: Part 2: Northern Ireland

    3. Part 3: General

      1. Section 137: Service courts

        1. Clause 141: Commencement

  6. Commencement

  7. Hansard References

  • Explanatory Notes Table of contents

Back to top