Family First Slams ‘Sexist’ Decision on Underage Sex

Family First is disgusted at the ‘sexist’ attitude and inconsistency shown by the courts towards adults who have sex with underage teenagers.

The first woman to be sentenced under recent gender-neutral sex offence laws last year for having sex with a 13-year-old boy has escaped a jail term, even after breaching her community work requirements a number of times. Yet a male Fijian soccer star was recently jailed for 14 months for having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

“This is simply judicial sexism at its worst,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First. “Why is a sexual offence committed against a girl treated more harshly than the same crime against a boy?”

“The abuse of power is the same. The vulnerability of the young person is the same. The impact on the young person is the same. Yet the punishment for the crime has been manifestly different.”

“Judge Allan Roberts has confirmed the discriminatory application of the law by stating that the woman would have gone to jail for her sexual offending if she had been a man.”

“The Law should apply consistently, and should send the strongest message possible that there is an age of sexual consent that applies to both boys and girls.”

“A person guilty of sexual assault or rape should feel the full weight of the law – no matter what their gender,” says Mr McCoskrie.

“The community, and especially our young people, deserve this protection.”


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