Monday 20 November 2017

Kevin Myers: Stupid laws make sex a crime -- if you're male

'If some pretty girl on the pensionable side of 16 offered me a bit of pelvic refreshment, why her knickers would be hanging off a tree in Mongolia before she could change her mind'

Why is this society apparently addicted to passing stupid laws that, if enforced, can only cause misery and wreck lives, and in no way add to the sum of human happiness or wisdom? The entirely predictable -- and predicted -- consequences of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006 are now coming about. A 19-year-old boy, who had consensual sex with a girl who was just under 17, the lawful age of consent, is to be imprisoned.

Now, if you want to grasp the sheer magisterial folly of our law-makers, the preposterous law that was used against the boy was the Criminal Law Sexual Offences Act 2006, as amended by Section 5 (1) of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences Act) 2007. In other words, they didn't even manage to get the law right back in 2006, and had to go back with their legislative spanners and screwdrivers a year later. And still they got it wrong.

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