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Youngsters, because of their psychological and actual youthfulness, are among the weak segment of the general public. States are consequently needed to give extraordinary assurance and care to kids by making vital legitimate and institutional plans. With this impact, Ethiopia has confirmed global and territorial basic freedoms instruments intended to give insurance to kids. It likewise included arrangements ensuring youngster privileges in its constitution. These established arrangements have likewise tracked down articulation in the ensuing authoritative change that among others, brought about the reception of a New Criminal Code in 2004. This Criminal Code replaces the arrangements of the previous 1957 Penal Code on legally defined sexual assault giving better insurance to youngsters against sexual maltreatment. However, holes actually persevere both in the law and practice as far as completely understanding the privileges of youngsters in Ethiopia. This article expects to look at the lawful and viable insurance of youngsters by the legally defined sexual assault arrangements of the Criminal Code in the Ethiopian general set of laws. In doing as such, it endeavors to assess the current legally defined sexual assault arrangements of the Criminal Code against youngster privileges principles just as assessing the viable utilization of the laws by courts and examiners.

Youngsters are among the most weak areas of the general public attributable to the level of their psychological and actual development keeping them from securing their own privileges and interests. Consequently, plenty of common freedoms instruments and homegrown enactments force commitments with respect to the public authority to give unique insurance to youngsters. Such assurance is prefaced on the acknowledgment that guaranteeing the privileges of kids is basic for each country since it can propel a more impartial society, cultivate a better, more educated and, at the appointed time, a more useful populace.


Legally defined sexual assault is an unlawful sexual action against a person when it would somehow be lawful notwithstanding his/her age (Daniels and Englund, 1998: p. 1; Donovan, 1997: p. 30) . It alludes to a demonstration of sex affecting an individual considered by law to be too youthful to even think about giving his/her assent (Ibid).

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