Close the Loophole campaign

Sexual activity with a child under the age of 16 is a serious criminal offence, regardless of whether consent is given. It is also the case that any non-consensual sexual activity is a crime. It doesn't matter the age of the victim or the relationship between the victim and perpetrator. I understand it is also the case that where a manipulative offender grooms a child under the age of consent and then engages in a sexual relationship with them when they are over 16, offences are in place to deal with this under the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 and Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2005.
 
I am aware that the Scottish Parliament has sought the views of the NSPCC on this matter, and a public consultation closed in November 2018 which asked whether the definition of a 'position of trust' should be extended to cover other positions in which a person is in a position of power, responsibility or influence over a child. I understand that the consultation responses will now be considered before any amendments to the current legislation are considered.
 
I wish to reassure you that my colleagues in Holyrood recognise the upmost importance of this issue and will carefully scrutinise any amendments which are brought forward to the Scottish Parliament.