Friday, May 26, 2006

Statutory Rape 2

Following the Supreme Court's decision that a plea of "reasonable mistake" is now a possible defence in cases of statutory rape, it opens up the whole area to widespread abuse of teenage girls.

If a boy/man meets a girl who's having a drink in a bar, disco or night club, surely he now has a prima facie defence against any charge of statutory rape that might subsequently arise.

The very fact of her being served alcohol could credibly lead him to believe that she has passed the first test of age required by the state and that she must be at least 18 years of age.

No-one believes that there aren't thousands of under-age teenage girls drinking in such premises every weekend and clearly alcohol may well increase the likelihood of further excesses.

Footnote: Read by Pat Kenny on his RTE radio programme.

1 comment:

stitching pooh said...

Apparently all you have to do now is be a short sicko and you can get off ( note the double entendre)

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