Today in Sex: Raising Age of Consent Has No Effect on Child Molestation

I thought the story of the surgeon who removed a woman's clitoris for no particular reason would stand as my most disturbing tale of the week. Nope. Not even close. Yesterday, Vancouver researchers published a study in the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality reporting that sexually active Vancouver children (meaning, under the age of 12) were more likely to have had sex with adults than with either other children in their age range or teenagers.

The Vancouver Sun reports:

They discovered a shocking 39 per cent of students who first had sex when they were 12 or under said it was with someone age 20 or older. Of those who first had sex when they were 14 or 15, only two to three per cent said it was with someone 20 or older.

The study came about after British Columbia raised the age of consent from 14 to 16; the thinking being it would stop adults from exploiting children. But if you look at this evidence, the raise didn't really have much effect since adults having sex with 12-year-olds has always been illegal (and horrifying).

Because of the way the study was conducted, there's no way to know whether these interactions were the result of incest, street crime, or sexual abuse from a teacher, family friend or neighbor--but does it matter? Regardless of who the predator is, they should be prosecuted and these children better protected.

I promise to be back tomorrow with lighter fare. After all this week's disturbing news, please take a moment to cleanse your palate at Wall of Fluff.

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