For some sexual crimes, when the victim is under 16 years old, the law doesn't allow the accused to claim that the young person agreed to the sexual activity.
As kids get older, they want to know "when": when can they get a job, buy contraceptives, borrow money or leave home. We summarise your child's legal rights and responsibilities as they get older, the ages of sexual consent, and where to go for more information.Until Aaron is 14, the only criminal offences he can be charged with is murder or manslaughter. The police can discuss the matter with you as a family, warn Aaron and arrange for the return of the stolen goods.(Hat tip: Glenn Reynolds who has a similar take on it.) In criticizing pairings between older men and younger women, the piece focuses on the case of 50 year old Johnny Depp and his new girlfriend, 27 year old actress Amber Heard.I summarize the major arguments of the piece in the numbered paragraphs, and then provide my critique in italics. The pairing of older men and younger women is the fault of men.Age-disparity relationships have been documented for most of recorded history and have been regarded with a wide range of attitudes dependant on sociocultural norms and legal systems. Relationships with age disparity of all kinds have been observed with both men and women as the older or younger partner.
In various cultures, older men and younger women often seek one another for sexual or marital relationships.
A child under 14 can be arrested in certain circumstances - for example, the police could arrest Aaron if they have reasonable suspicions that he will commit another offence.
If Aaron's behaviour is of particular concern (perhaps he has offended before) a family group conference may be called under the Children, Young Persons and their Families Act.
In fact, the essay shows some evidence for this by noting that when the author has written about this subject in the past, he is “invariably challenged by young women with boyfriends their fathers’ age, demanding that I stop judging their love.” 2.
If older men refrained from such relationships, this would benefit the younger women, because “young women come of age surrounded by reminders that they are at their most desirable when they are still at their most uncertain and insecure.” If women are most desirable at this age, it is not clear we should deprive them of this knowledge.
Moreover, if they desire high status men, then depriving these women of these relationships would not help them, but harm them (by their own lights at least). Having older men refrain from these relationships would also benefit men, because it deprives young men of relationships with women their age (and therefore causes the men to grow up too slowly).