Published: August 4
Underage sexual relationships are never [sic] consensual
"The Post committed an egregious error [sic] in its July 26 front-page story “Top swim coach accused of affair with teen in 1980s” by describing incidents of child sexual abuse as an “affair” and a “sexual relationship.” Not only do these terms imply consent but they also minimize what is a very insidious crime and suggest that some of the blame may lie with the victim.
Children are not able to give consent [sic]. The swimmer at the focus of the story was 13 when the abuse allegedly began. A child’s involvement with an adult offender should never be considered consensual. A more accurate description is “statutory rape.”