A child, biologically, is someone who has not entered puberty. Once this occurs they, are a child no longer and have sexual desires and feelings, which they now possess the ability to act upon. And they do. The amount of kids having sex at a young age has increased, but it's estimated that %50 had had sex before leaving high school all the way back in the 1950's. Regardless of whether we think they should or shouldn't, the kids are having sex.
Don't forget all arguments made about the propriety of it are from the perspective of our own culture, and thus form our basis for judgement. There are other cultures in existence today with radically different standards. Take the Mangaia of Polynesia for example, who not only encourage and facilitate sexual activities among adolescents, at 13-14 they actually train them in sexual techniques for pleasing their partners (boys and girls receive this training). Teenagers are sexual beings, and funnily enough they are almost never asked about this issue. It's always older people debating what's best for them, and they rarely have an opportunity to weigh in with their own beliefs about who they should be allowed to engage in intercourse with.
Finally, to the pedophile argument: pedo=child, again, biologically, this is one who has not entered puberty. Being attracted to someone who is say, 15 years and has developed sexual characteristics is not the same thing as a pathological obsession with presexual humans. We trust teenagers to make a lot of mature decisions, and they tend to make the ones we don't trust them to a lot of the time anyway. When I was 14 years old, my school had educated me on all the risks associated with sex, pregnancy, all the known STI's, and the various methods of prevention available to me. It wasn't a very difficult decision to know whether I wanted to have sex with someone or not. It was instinctive, and easy. Yes, I find that person attractive, no I want nothing to do with that one. If we trust a teenager to drive a car, I think we can trust them to operate their own genitals.
When people are under the age of 18, I don't believe they think too logically. I really think changing this law would be terrible. Of course, my heart does go out to those who are lied to as well. It would be terrible to think you're having sex with a consenting adult, and then find out you aren't. However, I do not believe that this law should be changed. It was put forth for a reason.
Yes i do believe that there should be an age of consent around the mid-late teen ages. But it seems that teenagers are scared by this constant "age age age, know the laws know the laws!" crap, They should have sex when they are ready whether it be 14 or 25, But also if they are around 14-16 it should be with someone within 2 or 3 years of them around the same age. I only support age of consent laws to try to stop pedophiles. But other people/things such as parents, friends, schools, law enforcement, government (etc) Should lay off trying to dictate there lives and what they can and can't do as an almost fully developed teen/young adult. There is no way i can say this with out being sexist but i support women doing the same men in society but there should be different age of consent laws for males and females (I KNOW IT SOUNDS SEXIST) I'm not saying every female gets pregnant or is a victim of a pedophile but i don't see how there is a problem if say a 15/16 year old male had consensual and exciting sex with say a 30 year old female, Were as i would see it as taking advantage and unfair for say a 30 year old male to have sex with a 15 year old female, I would consider that a borderline pedophile!... As sexist as i hope i doesn't sound! I think the sexual consent age should be so teens can have sex but be protected from older males, (considering the age of full on puberty is 14 & allot feeling like they can handle sex at that age) The age of consent should be 14+ with a few restrictions: (gay male sex 16+ & females must be 16+ if a male is 18+) Q&A: Would it be legal for a male 14-17 to have sex with a female over 18: YES. Would it be legal for a female 14-17 to have sex with a male over 18: NO. Would it be legal for a male 14-17 to have sex with a male over 18: NO. Would it be legal for a female 14-17 to have sex with a female over 18: YES. Would it be legal for 2 or more males/females 14-17 to have sex: YES.
The day you turn 18 does not automatically make you in any way smarter or more mature than the day before. I believe that the age if consent should be lowered as in this day and age, many of us have to deal with "adult" problems before the law accepts us as adults. By the age of 16, we are basically developed and know our bodies. Teens are not nearly as ignorant as adults and parents believe. We know that sex can result in pregnancy or cause us to contract a disease, and we know how to take precautions to avoid this. Why should I be denied an act at 17, but be allowed the day I turn 18 when my views and thoughts will not magically change on that day? If I am legally able to drive, then I have the right to do with my body as I please!
Today teenagers are making the decision to become sexually active at a younger age than ever before. I believe that the age of consent should be updated for a few reasons. The biggest reason that I feel that the age of consent should be lowered is actually to protect people. In today's world a 19 year old male can be prosecuted for consensual sex with his 17 year old girl friend. I don't believe that it is fair to have a hard and fast rule. Each situation should be looked at and judged individually. I feel that angry parents push for the conviction of the partners of their daughters when the young man may have done nothing morally wrong.
The age of consent should be lowered to 16. No so long ago, it was common for people to get married and have children by the time they were in their late teens. I feel that parents should talk with their children and help them decide when the time is right for them to make important choices on their own, and when they do, we have no right to hold someone else responsible for that choice.
Children and teenagers grow up much faster nowadays than previous generations did. Even though they are not legally allowed to have sexual intercourse, drink and vote until the range of 18-21, many start having sex and alcohol much earlier than that. In cases of serious crimes, teenagers can be tried as adults. And, 18-21 year olds can serve and die for their country, but not be trusted with alcohol. If adult responsibilities are expected of them, they should have adult rights too. Many college campuses would be able to curtail and help underclassmen alcoholics, if the drinking age were lowered and binging was not so covert.
If a 15 year old is going to be held responsible for a crime as an adult then they should be held responsible for their body as well. 15 year old boys and girls know what they are doing when they decide to have sex. They need to be educated to handle the responsiblety of sex but having a law saying they are to young to know what they are saying yes to only creates problems for them and there partners.
I think the laws concerning the age of consent should change to 16. 18 is way to ridiculous. Teens hormones come around the age of 16 and it is natural for everyone. Facing facts, people still do it whether they are 18 or not, and that is the dumbest reason to get into trouble for. It is their own personal life and should be able to make choices on their own without worrying about getting caught up in the law. LET THE AGE OF CONSENT CHANGE TO 16!
if this is the case and alcohol or drugs are involved the young adult is not in their right mind and never would have done it if they were sober.sometimes there is past abuse within the young adults life.all this should be considered when it comes to their charges.to many people lives are ruined for a big mistake that would never happen again.not to mention their families lives as well.
I've know 23 year olds who were far less mature than some 16 year olds. It should be up to the two people if they are both consenting-adult minded.
We need to stop putting people in prison because they had a consenting, mature sexual experience. They're not hurting anyone...It's time to evolve as a society. Rape is one thing but consensual sex is completely different.
Young people under the age of 18 are still minors and as such need to be protected from sexual exploitation and abuse. The law is not there for people to squabble over 'grey' areas, it is there to protect children who are being sexually exploited and abused. Without this law, those children who ARE being abused and exploited, lose that protection entirely, just for the sake of randy teenagers who can't keep their pants up!
By lowering the age of consent to the age of thirteen, it would "stop the persecution of old men" as top barrister, lawyer Barbara Hewson suggested. But unlike her opinion that this would be a good thing, in reality she is encouraging paedophiles and perverts to abuse and groom children as young as thirteen. The disgusting suggestion makes me sick to think that an influential women wants to see these "old men" be let off with their perverted acts.
Teenagers don't need to be having sex. What they DO need is a comprehensive and fact-oriented (as opposed to moral- and political-oriented) sex education, understanding of the risks and benefits of different kinds of sexual behavior, and time to formulate their own ideas and thoughts about sex without the interference of other people's opinions.
Legal consent ages should not be lowered for one reason only. Sexual predators. These are manipulators of the youth and pedophiles who should be punished by the full extent of these even if it means promiscuous teens have to wait to have sex with their peers. Nothing good comes from teen sex, especially these days. Regardless of the age of "sexual maturity" children age 15 to 17 should be protected from predators and so be it themselves.
The age of consent in the United States varies from state to state. This means that if a 16-year old from Louisiana is visiting relatives in Georgia, and has consensual sex, no one knows quite what to do about it. If it happened in Louisiana, it would be legal. But in Georgia, the age of consent is 17. It would seem that if we do not allow our young people to vote until they are 18, we should keep that as the age when we consider children to have become mature enough to make good decisions. The age of consent in America varies from 14 to 18, from state to state. It seems that it would be legally helpful to standardize the age at 18, although it is highly doubtful whether that will have any impact on the actions of young people at all. It is also interesting to consider that the young couples who settled our western and midwestern states were frequently 13 or 14 years old. "Adulthood" is defined within the needs of such variables as life expectancy, the probability of women dying in childbirth, etc. Perhaps the government should get out of the sex business entirely.
I do not believe they should be allowed to make more decisions. Allowing minors to make more decisions only allows them to cut their parents and guardians out of their lives because they are not needed there anymore. By allowing this we are forcing minors to grow up too soon in a society that moves too fast.
The age of consent is in place to protect young people from those who might take advantage of them. Lowering that age would result in much more harm than good. A young person may have a body that has developed into that of an adult but their mind is still immature, and they need to be protected. There are way too many sick individuals in this world who take advantage of young people. Once they hit a certain age, we cannot protect them any more, unfortunately. Don't lower that age and make them even more vulnerable.
The age of consent should not be changed as it will increase the chances of promiscuous behavior and increase the rate of teen pregnancy and early marriage, hurting educational and economic prospects of youngsters.
There is no valid reason to make the age of consent any more lenient than it already is. The laws in most places is three years age difference (unless they are over eighteen). There is no good reason that someone over the age of 20 should be with anyone under 17. Children are already sexualized in so many ways- the last thing we need is older men legally being able to prey on these children. These laws are in place for a reason- children are naive and sick people take advantage of it.
No matter how correct they think they are, and they think so strongly, today's youth is often unable to come to a decision that beat suits their long term success as opposed to short term whims. Consent laws have been put into place to deter teenagers from making a decision that negatively impacts their life, and to protect youth that would otherwise be taken advantage of. These laws are definitely not consistent throughout the US and should be better enforced.