Thesh wrote:DavidH wrote:By the way, a lot of people hate on statutory rape laws, and I don't understand why. Age of consent in Canada is 14, and you need to be X number of years older (I think it was 4? 5?) for it to be considered rape. An 18 year old having sex with someone who has barely started puberty is pretty manipulative/coercive in my book.
If a 14 year old is mentally capable of making the decision to have consensual sex with a 15 year old, why is she not mentally capable of making the decision to have consensual sex with a 20 year old? The idea that if someone is much older, they must be manipulating or coercing the younger person is fallacious. If that is what you are trying to protect against, make the law along the lines of "Manipulating or coercing a person into sexual acts" (then you can arrest pick up artists too!). A 15 year old can be just as capable as a 20 year old in manipulating a girl into sex.
I'd rather see guilty people get away with rape then see innocent people have their life ruined between jail time and the sex offender registry.
Are you seriously not able to make that connection for yourself? It's because there are different levels of maturity. Children and teens have sufficient maturity to interact with their peers but can still easily be taken advantage of by adults for many reasons, partly because they are in a vulnerable stage of their lives and trying to forge a self-identity, partly because they don't yet have enough life experience to make good judgements, partly because our culture really pushes them to obey what adults tell them, etc, etc. A 15 year old may say exactly the same thing as an adult but the adult's place in the power heirarchy adds far more weight to their words.