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Lois Marshall comments

Posted in: 15-year-old alleged rape victim in Maldives to be flogged See in context

Frungy: She's a child who in most countries would be unable to legally consent to sexual intercourse. In a relationship between a child and an adult the child is generally held to be guiltless since they're easy to manipulate and generally unaware of the full consequences of their actions. In the US, the age of the person being prosecuted for consensual relations is not taken into account either. According to the US Department of Justice, the median age of persons convicted of crimes of this type is 14. Since they are too young to consent, surely they must be too young to prosecute, by this theory. Are you stating that this type of prosecution is wrong just in the Maldives or also in the United States?

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