Yes you read that title correctly and YES there are people in this world who somehow “don’t get it.”
I was scrolling on Twitter and this man (bless him) was advocating for rape/sexual assault victims and dropping the mic all over the damn place.
He literally had to explain to someone that statutory rape is still rape.
Here’s what happened.
So there was this article about how two teenage girls – 14 years old – went to the wife of one of their teachers to tell them that he was having an affair……with them.
*brb need to go vomit*
Alright I’m back. So the police came to arrest this man and somewhere in the article it says that both teenage girls “consented” to this “relationship.”
Here’s the thing that apparently is hard to understand (even though it’s really not).
The legal age to give consent in the States is 16 years old. These girls were under the age of 16 and therefore cannot legally give consent. Part of the definition of rape, is not being able to give consent. And boom…this is a statutory rape case.
The reason that this young man had to keep explaining the definition (besides how obviously wrong all of it is) is because another man kept saying, “Well if they both consented then it shouldn’t be called rape.”
It is still rape. Statutory rape to be exact. Why? Because the girls are minors. Children. You do not have sex with children. That is not acceptable. EVER.
So once again: The legal age to give consent is 16 years old. These girls were under the age of 16 and therefore cannot legally give consent. Part of the definition of rape, is not being able to give consent. This is statutory rape.
And let’s not forget the fact that it’s absolutely repulsive that a grown ass married man even considered having any sort of sexual relationship with minors that were also his students.
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