Maybe this is betterr in a spin off - but I do not think people mature earlier these days, in fact I think its the complete opposites. In centuries past right up to my parents generation people have left school at 12 and 13 and gone to work. Girls as young as 15 were sent to Australia as orphans and went straight to work. My mother and my FIL were both working full time jobs as 13yos. My GGM was married at 16 with a baby. The myth of having a childhood and playing with dolls 'til 12 has really only been possible post WW2. I think children are adultified too early with sexual connotations and kids are not taught responsibility when handed their charter of rights. That being said, there has to be a very clear line drawn in the sand as to where adult responsibility starts and childish indiscretion is allowed. I also think it needs to be a universal line as far as possible or at least for Australians Australian wide. Yes, what this woman did does not compare with what some people do to very little kids, and there are different laws in Australia to allow for that which are recognized in the sentencing of these people.