Why are Children Collateral Damage in Rape Laws?

We always talk about consent and how if there is none then it’s sexual assault or rape. But when we talk about children and consent, that’s where things get tangled and knotted. When a child is labeled as a “Child Prostitute” without even knowing that’s what they are, is there consent there? Children are vulnerable, impressionable and can be naive at times but to suggest that they would consent to being a prostitute or even being raped is absurd. So why are there laws supporting the right for an adult (mostly male) to have sex with a child? The legal age of consent in most states is either 16 or 18 years of age. There are laws on the books in most states that require consent but in Georgia, where the age of consent is 16, if there is no consent it is not deemed rape. This is because the testimony of the victim is not believed without supporting evidence.  A lot of these charges vary with ridiculous exceptions like in Idaho if the female is under 16 any sexual conduct is considered lewd conduct with no consent from the child. ...read more...

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