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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Reacting to child abuse by lowering the age of consent would be cruel


Reacting to child abuse by lowering the age of consent would be cruel

The latest aftershock in the wake of the Jimmy Savile and Rochdale revelations has been not another celebrity name on the list of accused, but an attempt to dismiss an apparent watershed moment as little more than a moral panic. Barrister Barbara Hewson writes in Spiked magazine that Operation Yewtree, heralded by most as a clear if long overdue success, is in fact engaged in "the persecution of old men". Which makes sense, if you also believe (as Hewson apparently does) that anything short of "flogging and rape in padded rooms" is not a "really serious" assault.

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