Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Just how old is old enough though?

19 year old man arrested on charges of statutory rape for having consentual sexual relations with a 13 year old girl.

The sexual contact was not forceful, Lt. Bruce Cook said. The girl was not otherwise harmed.
"It was consensual, but a 13-year-old can’t give consent," he said.

I've never really understood the logic in the age of consent laws. It seems to me that having a blanket law isn't really all that effective and it would make more sense to be able to judge cases more on their own merit. Why is it that a 13 year old is too young to be able to consent but (in Canada, at least for now) a 14 year old isn't? Or for that matter a 17 year old is too young, but, while it might be creepy, an 18 can fuck a 70 year old if they want.