POSTED: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 10:13am
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 10:13am
Houston, Texas (Chron.com) —
Most of us are fiercely protective of young girls, which is why as a judge I have sent men to prison for having relations with them. There have been rare cases where a young girl claimed she consented to relations, but as a civil society, we have deemed that there is an age below which a young person cannot be allowed to enter contracts, including giving effective consent to sexual relations. So as a society we say that such consent did not count; therefore, it is statutory rape and prison is an available sentence.
We have seen the same thing as adult women have been sent to prison for having relations with underage boys, because the boys were below the age of giving effective consent. Some very young children can be enticed into all kinds of things that may devastate them. We can debate the proper age of accountability, but there should be no debate that there is an age below which informed, effective consent may not be given by a young child. Since that is true, the question becomes who can give consent for them. Should it be an abortion doctor who makes money by doing the abortion? Or perhaps a teacher who will never have to help the child with lifelong physical or emotional devastation that may result?
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