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Originally posted by whoswatchinwho
An 18 year old 'man' in a nightclub, admission to club must 18 years old, he meets a girl they start to date, she tells him shes actually only 17 and in final year at school (hence the schoolbooks in her room) a month later the police arrive at his door he is arrested. the girls father had confronted her about her relationship, in an argument she said "I can sleep with who I want", he calls the police, she is only 15. end result he is found guilty of statutory rape (the girl stood in the witness box and admitted to lying about her age), put on the sex offenders register, has to visit police once a week, and has to tell any potential employer.
Originally posted by TheColdDragon
reply to post by whoswatchinwho
BINGO. I realize that I tend to always take the controversial and antagonizing viewpoint in many threads where sexuality is involved, but it is because of the abuses that I take these stances... not because I want kids getting raped or worse.
A case of the law being abused
Originally posted by TheRedneck
Where my dander gets up is when a mention is made that children can give sexual consent to adults, or when parental involvement in trying to prevent unwanted conduct is condemned.
The act of prosecution in the case of statutory rape is, indeed, usually initiated by the parents of the minor, but who else should bear that responsibility?
The child, who has already demonstrated a lack of understanding of the consequences of their actions? Someone in government who cares more about red tape than about anyone actually involved in the case?
No, we have the best system available to us.
Age of consent laws have a solid basis in reality,
and while there are no doubt those exceptions who do not need the laws to protect them, the greater benefit to the majority outweighs any detriment to the few.
There is really no way to decide who is really ready mentally to become an adult and who is not; the proof is not in their past, but in their future.
Should we allow people to decide their own personal speed limit then, for fear of denying someone capable of driving faster the right to do so?
So it is with age of consent. The chance of teen pregnancy rates as opposed to the limited infringement of that occasional teen who shows remarkable maturity is too different in consequence (to both the child and society) and probability to ignore. We live in a society, and the needs of that society will sometimes take precedence over the desires of an individual.
And parental rights and authority must never be questioned. Ever.