Legal age of consent for dating
A teacher or coach or another adult is in a position of authority and power over someone who is underage, period. But when you’re still a teenager, age differences are a way bigger deal.
Seriously, no matter how mature you are, that person is still a “grown up” (for lack of a better term) who is in a position of power over you, the student/teen. Hell, by the time you’re in 10th grade, the 7th graders all seem so tiny, right?
Love is love, but laws are laws and sketchy is sketchy.
When it comes to statutory rape, sometimes there’s a shade of gray that makes things complicated, but we’re going to try to keep it real. If you’re underage you can’t consent to having sex. It’s not necessarily the violent rape you’re probably thinking of, but it’s still a form of rape.
A 23 year old would be out of college trying to live their life.
Most 15 year olds are still in high school and aren’t even allowed to drive yet, let alone get served at a bar like their 23-year-old boyfriend.
Some even disregard cases in which the sexual relationship started before one of the partners was over the age of consent.
For example, you’re 16-years-old, your partner just turned 18-years-old and the age of consent is 17-years-old; if you and your partner were having sex then both of you were under the age of 17, some laws protect your older partner from getting in trouble.
They’re supposed to be there to guide you through a certain subject or skill, not guide you to the bedroom. No, really, nobody is fit to teach at a school if they’re going to creep on their students. Doesn’t matter, it’s not like they’re approving of you two to be legally married or something. Think of it this way: Imagine being 17 and dating someone six years younger than you. You’re at a totally different stage of life and maturity at 17 than you are at age 11.
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.
It’s still fun and exciting, but you’re looking at life through a very different perspective.
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.
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