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If two minors of the same age have consensual sex, should both be charged with statutory rape?

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  • Same age, same mental reasoning

    If two people are of the same age, neither should be charged with any crime. Sex is human nature, and even a minor person is interested in experiencing it. I agree that those who take advantage of young people to get sex should be punished, but when two people of the same age agree to have sex, there is no legal issue.

  • Same Age Minors, Same Maturity Level

    Statutory rape is a law that is designed to address the issue of someone who is older having sex with someone who is younger. The more that children grow and mature, the more they are able to make weighty life decisions such as when it is appropriate to have sex. When an older person, who may have the appropriate maturity level to decide that for themselves, engages in sexual activity with a younger, less mature person, they are considered to be taking advantage of the younger person, who is not mature enough to effectively make such a decision. If the two minors are the same age, and it is mutually consensual, neither can be held to more blame for taking advantage of the other. They are both equally unable to make such a decision because of their level of maturity.

  • This is not statuatory rape

    This is not statuatory rape, unless a law has been made to change it. Although minors should not be engaging in sex, criminalizing the act would be a big mistake. This is so because the hormones of teenagers are in hyperactive mode, resulting in too many teens being charged with a crime.

  • No, they should both not be charged with rape.

    Sex is a decision and in today's world it is becoming commonplace for teenagers to start having sex at a young age. If it consensual and both kids decide to do it, then neither one of them should be charged with statutory rape. This can become an issue when parents get involved and try to press charges against the other child when they don't like them or their family and are upset about the choices their child has made, but it should not be a possibility for them to press charges in this situation.


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