Recently, a young man of 18 was placed in prison for 3 years for sexually assaulting his girlfriend, who is 16. Throughout the case, the young man vehemently expressed his love for his girlfriend and his firm belief that their relationship was morally justifiable. Furthermore, the prosecution clearly stated that the girl had never claimed to be raped, rather that their sexual contact had been consensual. Most of the evidence produced in this case was provided by the parents of the alleged victim. My quandry is this: was the court justified in convicting an 18 year old boy, who had shown nothing other than love and care for his girlfriend, for sexual assault? Can our justice system tell people, regardless of age, who they can and cannot love? Or was this boy only acting in accordance to his own moral belief and his love for his girlfriend wrongfully accused and sentenced? If he was morally justified in his actions, then what age is too young? Where do we draw the line for love and age?
Thoughts and criticisms appreciated.