B.C. teacher may get jail for sex with student
Here is a 2006 article by Katherine Covell, a professor of psychology at Cape Breton University and executive director of the Children's Rights Centre. The whole article is well worth reading. She doesn't oppose Bill C-2 or Bill C-22, but points out that they won't change reality much:
Ultimately, education may be more effective in protecting children from sexual predation than raising the age of consent to 16 years. In an historic meeting held in Canada in 1998, sexually exploited young people emphasized the importance of education to reduce vulnerability. It is not the law that would have protected us, these young people stated, but knowledge could have helped us to protect ourselves. [...]
Without changes in the way law is used, and without acknowledgement that children are independent bearers of rights rather than chattel, we can expect little change in the sexual exploitation of our children. The law may deter some sexual predators and may incarcerate others. But to fully protect children from sexual exploitation we may need to re-focus the discussion from the age of consent to how to respect our children’s rights to sexual health and healthy development. We need to consider why so many children are so vulnerable to sexual predators on the internet and on the streets. We must ask why our children have inadequate information to ensure their sexual health and safety. Only when we address such basic issues will we have a real chance of reducing the number of sexually exploited children.
Thank-you Unionist. That is an excellent and non-biased reference that does help me to understand your perspective a bit better. I don't think we will ever come to agreement on the specific laws but I do agree that children are not chattels and that parent's rights should never supercede the rights of the child. Although it is difficult to draw a specific line, and the UN broadly defines child as under 18, I think we also agree that there is a huge difference between children and youths.
Unionist, I completely agree with what you have posted. My attempt in this forum was to put a human face on the exploitation of these young girls from older men. If any one even bothered, I hope they took the time to read the post where a young girl gets the word "whore" carved into her back by her twisted screw of a "boyfriend".
I am not here attempting to criminalize sex. I am trying to show people that the reality is that many many young girls are being abused, exploited and worse....I think education is a great start, but would like to see men accept some of that responsibility, and start talking to other men about this. It cannot and is not acceptable for women to have to own the horrible behaviour of these predators.
We'd better be careful. Unionist is going to start thinking he is in the twilight-zone or totally off his rocker if we keep this up.