Sunday, 5 August 2012

There Is Law And Denial, Then There Is Reality

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.”

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