the GIRL is a teenage CHILD too
in this case, i really believe that none of them need to be victims.
I do not believe a 19 year old is a child. Big difference in maturity between a 15 year old and a 19 year old.
Just a few thoughts here. Many of you are saying a 15 year old consenting to sex is fine. What about a 14 year old? 13 year old? 12 year old? 11?
When is too young? At what age do children just wake up and know that if they have sex, it can result in a child that they will have for the rest of their life, with potenially millions of dollars going towards it's care, maintainance and education? Some adults still have trouble with this concept of how PERMANANT children are, and how much they cost financially to look after for 18ish years.
Secondly, a 4 year age gap is ok? So, if the 15 year old, who seemingly was ready to have sex, went the other way with an 11 year old girl... that's okay with you? I mean if she liked it. Some 11 year olds are developed and might "want it".
No. As the law states, they are children. They might THINK that they know what they want and that there are consequences, but I doubt very many can truly grasp the implications of sex at that age. Not only pregnancy, but STIs. Honestly, what 15 year old is thinking about that? How many young teens think above 5 years in the future anyway?
I know there may be some of you who have had kids young and it worked out, and that's wonderful... but I don't think it should be encouraged, or made to be "normal" or "okay" for everyone. The laws are there for a reason.
The other thing to consider in this is what if the girl wasnt 19, but say 29, and desperate for a baby, she then seduced a young 15 year old boy into sex resulting in a baby, should he still be made to pay? What is she convinced him she was on the pill and unable to get pregnant? I know many men my age who still don't understand a woman's cycle and ovulation, I can't imagine many 15 year olds do.
Yes in this case they where only a few years apart but statutory rape is a law in place for people more than 2 years older when the minor is below 16.
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