Why Teens Can Not “Consent”

Waiting for Godot to Leave

Kevin O’Brien

About a year ago, Fr. Groeschel made his ill-advised comments that amounted to, “A victim of sexual abuse is not always a victim.”

When I pointed out how wrong he was, the furor that erupted on this blog surprised and distressed me. As I explained to a friend on Facebook …

A very large percentage of “conservative” Catholics are adamant that the age of consent is based on positive law only and not on natural law to some degree. I kept claiming that the age of consent, like all legal boundaries, must be somewhat arbitrary, but that it was based on a simple fact: the capacity to consent to sex is not present until fairly late in adolescence. No one wanted to hear that. One of the guys who was most critical of this and who most pushed the agenda of “a 15-year old wants it” had a profile that linked to anime sites. It was really distressing to me.

And let me add the usual caveats. Yes, teenaged girls can be very provocative – and I know personally how easy it is for a “grown ass married dude” (as Matt Walsh calls us) to be tempted in this way.

But read this article – The Myth of the Teenage Temptress: Or Why A Young Girl Can Not Consent to Sex With An Adult Man. Be advised that some graphic language is used and at one point a sexual encounter is described in detail. But the article speaks the truth – the truth many of my readers don’t want to hear.

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