She was told that even if she is willing to have sex with her girlfriend, it is still against the law for her girlfriend to have sex with her.
Her girlfriend (not Maddy) could face a serious criminal charge, jail and be placed on the sex offender register.
Sexual penetration with (a) anyone more than 24 months older or (b) younger than you is a serious criminal offence.
In both examples (a) and (b) the older person could be charged.
For 16–17 year olds, another person 16 or older can have sex with you if you both agree to it, but sex with a person in a position of care or authority over a 16 or 17 year old is a serious criminal offence in which the carer/supervisor can be charged.
Sexual assault, indecent assault, STIs, and unwanted pregnancy are all serious business.
So, as a young person, before you have sex, ask yourself - are you ready for sex?
Check out Reach Out's fact sheet for some questions that you should think about.It is never okay for any person to have sex with another person who is under 12.If you feel unsure about someone’s age, it is always good to check.When the law is broken, the police and courts may get involved.There are services that can help you with how you’re feeling, safe sex, relationships, sexual abuse and the law.We advised Maddy that she is under the general age of consent for sex in Victoria (there are multiple ages of consent in Victoria and they apply equally to straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual sex and to people of all genders).