posted on Aug, 29 2013 @ 12:59 PM
Hello! I'm fairly new to ATS so you'll have to forgive me for any formatting errors. Insert dunce hat here.
I'm 19 years old, and I'm a lesbian. I've debated about cases like this before. In my mind, statutory is statutory and it doesn't matter what
varieties of orientation and gender were involved.
In this case, an 18 year old and a 14 year old had sex. Take all gender labels off, and remove any orientation labels. Two people (of any variety of
gender identity and orientation) had sex, but one was underage. Naturally, that makes the older party guilty of statutory rape.
First off, why was this in the media anyway? A lot of underage sex goes on but it's rarely taken to court. Statutory rarely makes it in to the media
like this has.
Having sex with an underager is not okay. I'm only 19, and in the UK it would be legal for me to date and sleep with a 16 year old. I wouldn't
personally sleep with a 16 yr old, but as long as you're not breaking any laws, you're fine. Sleeping with a 14 year old... well, I'm relating it
to myself like sleeping with a 15 year old. There are seniors from local schools that come to my college to do half-day courses, and although they
must be at least 16, at most they'll get the time and directions to whatever class they need to be in. I couldn't even begin to think about sleeping
with someone of that age. In the UK, I feel like if I even breathe on an underager I'll be on the sex offenders register.
I would also like to point out that several of you are misusing the word 'paedophile'. The word 'paedophile' typically refers to an adult who is
attracted to someone who is pre-pubescent. At 14, you're not pre-pubescent. 'Hebephile' applies to attractions to those aged between 11 and 14, and
'ephebophile' applies to attractions to those aged between 15 and 19.
This is NOT a question of orientation or gender identity. This is a question of legality. It is not legal to have sex with 14 year olds, regardless of
what your orientation or gender identity is. It is still illegal.