Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The horrors of statutory rape

  I think the term «statutory rape» should be removed from the law. At best there are countless examples of its horrific consequences. One of the partners may be just above what the law describes as legal age and the other right below it. He or she who is  right above, only a day will be convicted of rape and get many years in jail, and also end up in rape registers, a horror suffered by both sexes. Is the situation different when one partner is many years older? To a point, yes. But to say that a teenager isn't a sexual being and claim that a minor doesn't understand the consequences of his or her acts isn't doing them any favors. The entire modern human community’s understanding of sexuality is warped and the victims are many. That is also true when it comes to the fact that we live in a rape culture, partly glorifying true rape. Like everybody should realize: rape has nothing to do with sex, but with power, and also in this context the term «statutory rape» becomes a terrible distinction.

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