Even if the sex is consensual, a law is being hammered out and fine tuned to protect teens against sexual exploitation from adults, due to a recent appeal to a 2011 court case.
The debate over age of consent, which currently states that teens aged 14 and 15 may only consent to sex with people within 5 years of their age, is being brought up again after a 15 year-old girl and a 21 year-old male’s recent relationship. The pair began the relationship, and at first the male was reluctant to involve himself sexually with the girl due to her age. Evidence shows that the female teen was the instigator and wanted to have sex with her boyfriend, even though he was outside the legal limit of 5 years. After the female teen was subjected to a pregnancy and eventual abortion, a child welfare agent reported the boyfriend to police.
The initial case saw that the male was found guilty of sexual assault and sexual touching, but the judge did not pursue a conviction, as the relationship had proved to be a “loving and respectful” relationship. The 2011 case is now being brought back up in the Court of Appeals, and is seeking a new conviction for the offender.
Do you think that love has an age restriction? Do you think that the discussion of age of consent should be opened up again?
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