When I was 15 those were my biggest worries, on top of whether or not my crush noticed me and dealing with my parents. Um, I’m worried about paying rent, getting to work on time, and…still wondering if my crush notices me but still, the point is that life is just different.
Isn’t it sort of stupid for a law to determine how old I have to be to consent to sex? Everyone matures at different ages; some 16-year-olds are more mature than 20-year-olds and are able to make smarter decisions about sex than their elders, that’s true.
But one of the best ways to understand why statutory rape laws are in place is to look outside of how mature you think you are and think about things a little more generally.
Statutory rape is probably–no, definitely–the most controversial topic for you, our readers.
Not something super divisive like abortion or feminism, statutory rape.
Some even disregard cases in which the sexual relationship started before one of the partners was over the age of consent.