Not so long ago I discovered that a 16-year-old that I know had begun dating, and is now living with, a 31-year-old.
The 31-year-old is a social worker who routinely deals with vulnerable youth at risk as part of their daily activities.
Yet, despite the 31-year-old’s employer implicitly knowing that one of their adult workers is engaged in a sexual affair with a minor, (as all such actions have to be reported), the employer still allows the 31-year-old to maintain their position.
The reason being it seems, is that everything is hunky dory from a legal perspective because the “relationship” has been given the green light by the parents of 16-year-old concerned.
Personally I find the trifecta of the age gap involved, the position the 31-year-old holds as a social worker and the parent’s consent for their 16-year-old child/young adult to live with their 31 year old lover, extremely troubling.
Don’t most adults normally get thrown in jail for having sex with a minor?
At the very least don’t such actions normally see them marked as ‘sex offenders‘ and placed on the ‘sex offenders list?
Or have I just been watching too many episodes of Law and Order for my own good?
What do you think?
Am I just being a bit of an old-fashioned ageist wowser here or do you think it’s genuinely okay for a 16-year-old to have an intimate relationship with a 31-year-old adult?
And under what circumstances do you think sex with a minor should become a morally legal issue?