We have the tools to work against sexually transmitted infections, harmful “conversion therapy” for LGBTQ teens, and sexual assault on college campuses. Now, we just have to use them.
A Michigan judge threw the book at 19-year-old Zachery Anderson after he admitted to having sex with a 14-year-old girl who claimed to be 17 at the time. This case show us how laws meant to protect children from predators can be used to punish teens for having consensual sex.
No one is entitled to any kind of sex with anyone, or to access anyone else’s body part, just because they want it or because they have had it or accessed it in the past.
You should never feel afraid you have to do anything you do not want to just because someone else wants it from you for themselves, very much including having sex.
“Age of consent” laws are ostensibly aimed at protecting young women. But do these laws make sense when what they tell young women is that they are incapable of watching their own backs?