How did statutory rape laws become invented?

I have been doing a little bit of research but was not able to find a reasonable explanation as to what inspired the government to want to invent statutory rape laws not that I have a problem with it at all, I'm just wondering.

The only thing that I have some questions about, is if the law is going to restrict teenagers from having consensual sexual intercourse with a much older adult, then shouldn't teenagers and children be abstinent from sex at all regardless of the age of their sexual partner?

I also heard one of the reasons for enforcing this particular law was to reduce teen pregnancy. So you mean to tell me that teenage sex and teenage pregnancy is only acceptable if the young girl is dating a guy close to her age?

Because of the law is determining that the "victim" is an old enough to consent to sex, then they shouldn't be consenting to sex with anyone regardless of age and that the age of consent throughout the entire world should be at least 18 or 21 if that is the case.
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  • When those laws were created (in the late 19th century in the US), nearly everyone got married, and people got married at ages that today would seem incredibly young, and the vast majority of those people stayed together their whole lives. At the time, the Age Of Consent in some states was as low as 13 (i. e., women could marry, and thus have sex, at this age), and was commonly between 14 and 16. It was also the norm that if a girl got pregnant, the parents of both teens would insist on a "shotgun wedding" so that the child would be born to married parents.

    As a result, nearly all of the middle and upper-class kids were virgins when they married - though that was less common in the lower class, where morals and values tended to be significantly lower overall (though not universally). And so the laws were created because it was ASSUMED (sometimes correctly, sometimes not) that the problem was older (usually lower-class) men seducing young, naïve girls, getting them pregnant, and leaving them, and that's what the law was designed to address. It wasn't really a common problem in the middle class - it did happen occasionally - but it was much more common among the lower class, and at the time, there were no mechanisms in place to ensure that those children were provided for. Welfare didn't exist, as it was expected that the FATHER would provide for the child.

    Obviously, society has changed substantially since then, in a number of ways.

  • Well, statutory rape laws exist cuz adults have power over teens. Teens' brains aren't fully developed yet - they're more vulnerable to manipulation. An older person can take advantage without the teen even realizing. That's super messed up.

    Yeah teen pregnancy happens with guys their own age too, but at least then it's (usually) between equals. When there's a big age gap, the power balance is off and consent can be murky as hell.

    You make a fair point that below a certain age no one should consent to anyone. But society accepts some teen intimacy as normal exploration. The line has to be drawn somewhere for legal protection. 18 is reasonable since that's when most are legally adults. But close in age is different than like a 30-year-old grooming a 14-year-old, ya know?

    Ultimately it's about preventing abuse of minors. Sure some older/younger relationships might be ok, but laws have to look out for the vulnerable. Better safe than sorry when it comes to fucking up a kid's life, ya know?

    • Good point well received.

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  • It's just a term for when someone sleeps with an underage girl

  • The nuance is that in a situation with two underage teens having sex, it's not likely that one is grooming the other and exploiting him/her, whereas in an adult-child pairing, the adult knows full well what they are doing.

  • Teens should be taught to be careful. But adults ought to know better

  • In simple language, rape is rape doent matter the age.