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(not satire – it’s the UK today)

Eddy Shah and his other (mainly establishment) supporters have argued that if an under-age girl consents to sex with an adult it’s not the guy’s fault for going ahead and having sex with her.

This is a very clear attempt to blur the lines on what is actually a very simple matter. 

Presumably even Shah would agree it’s not OK for an adult to have ‘consensual’ sex with a 5-year old – because clearly a child of that age would be too young to understand what they have consented to?

OK – so at what age does Shah and his rich, famous and powerful supporters think someone is capable of consenting to sex? 7? 10? 12?

In this country, we have agreed that the age a child can legally consent to sex is 16.

If Shah and his supporters think 16 is too high, they are free to lobby and campaign for a change in the law – although personally I think 16 is probably about right.

Until then though there are no blurred lines.

If you have sex with someone under the age of 16 you are COMMITTING A VERY SERIOUS CRIME. Whatever the circumstances.

And that includes the rich, the famous and the powerful too.

And while we’re on the subject – why are we also allowing the concept of rape to be blurred?

If someone didn’t consent to sex – or couldn’t consent because they were too drunk or were asleep or whatever – it’s rape. Whatever the circumstances.

It’s not f**king rocket science.


Related articles by Tom Pride:

Owen Jones, the SWP, the Pope, Alexei Sayle, George Galloway and Rape

Twitter’s manager of news – @marksluckie – gets a bad case of hypocrisy over rape threats

The UK judge who thinks benefit fraudsters should be jailed but lets rapists go free

Old celebrities arrested for child abuse are all very well. But what about the politicians?

It was the police – not the BBC – who wrongly named Lord McAlpine in abuse allegations

How did Cyril Smith get away with paedophilia? By threatening tweeters and bloggers with libel!

Child abuse scandal can of worms – just who is Daily Mail reporter David Rose?

High level child abuse cover-up? Why has Theresa May barred a US journalist from the UK?


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