One argument from child molesters is that, if the child is willing and no force has been used, no harm is done. They cite the circumstance that a previously unmolested child will sometimes be seen to be behaving in a sexual manner giving the appearance of being ready for and even inviting sexual activity.
The counter argument of psychological and emotional damage meets with the response that guilt and shame are created by social taboos, backed up by the legal system and, in fact, it’s the bleeding hearts and do-gooders who cause more harm than the sexual act itself.
Leaving the taboo to one side for the moment, this argument completely misses the point of why we have a law governing the age of consent i.e. protecting children from consenting to something that they cannot understand.
We must take into account that children learn best from example and practice. They…
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