Outrage at barrister’s call for age of consent to be cut to 13

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A legal chambers has said it is “shocked” at calls by one of its barristers for the age of consent to be lowered to 13 in an attempt to end the “persecution of old men” like disgraced broadcaster Stuart Hall.

In an article for online publication Spiked, Barbara Hewson, a barrister at Hardwicke chambers in London, who specialises in reproductive rights, called for the end of anonymity for complainants. And the human rights lawyer labelled crimes committed by Hall, who recently admitted indecently assaulting 13 girls, the youngest aged just nine, as “low-level misdemeanours”.

In a statement, Hardwicke said: “We are shocked by the views expressed in Barbara Hewson’s article in Spiked. We did not see or approve the article pre-publication and we completely dissociate ourselves from its content and any related views she may have expressed via social media or any other media outlets.”

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