Alan Dershowitz, Ex-Epstein Atty, Said ‘Statutory Rape Is An Outdated Concept'

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Alan Dershowitz, a former Epstein attorney, argued against statutory-rape laws in an op-ed published in 1997.

Former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, a member of President Trump’s legal team, wrote a 1997 op-ed titled “Statutory Rape is an Oudated Concept," Law & Crime reported last year.

Connie Bruck, in “Alan Dershowitz, Devil’s Advocate,” first renewed attention to Dershowitz’s op-ed in which he made a case for lowering the age of consent to 15:

“Dershowitz has not shied away from provocative ideas about sex and the law. In a 1997 op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, he argued against statutory-rape laws, writing, ‘There must be criminal sanctions against sex with very young children, but it is doubtful whether such sanctions should apply to teenagers above the age of puberty, since voluntary sex is so common in their age group.’ He suggested that fifteen was a reasonable age of consent, no matter how old the partner was.”

Former George W. Bush chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter was one of many to take note of it.

“Why is @AlanDersh trying to lower the age of consent in this op-ed? 15? Really?” he asked. Painter then quoted Dershowitz, tweeting, “‘Reasonable people can disagree about whether [the age of consent] should be as low as 14.’ Is @AlanDersh kidding (pun intended)? Does he really think that?”

Dershowitz took notice of Painter’s tweets and responded:

“I stand by the constitutional (not moral) argument I offered in my controversial oped: if a 16 year old has the constitutional right to have an abortion without state or parental interference, how could she not have the constitutional right to engage in consensual sex?”

“I challenge my readers to distinguish the cases, as a matter of constitutional law. I did not suggest that it is moral to have sex with a 16 year old, but rather that the issue presents a constitutional conundrum worthy of discussion,” he continued. “I also pointed out that, statutory rape laws are applied quite selectively and often against young teenagers. That’s why I also say there are Romeo and Juliet exceptions. Lets debate not name call.”

Dershowitz, who previously represented accused sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, was accused by Virginia (Roberts) Giuffre that he knew about and participated in Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell’s alleged child sex-trafficking operation. 

Giuffree claimed that Dershowitz had sex with her while she was a minor and working for Epstein, although Dershowitz has repeatedly denied this. 

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peonytiger
peonytiger

A 16yr old may have been raped by a relative or authority figure thus the age of consent for abortion... Younger then that may have trouble navigating the medical system in many States. His good friend Trump likes 13yr olds...

spongerob
spongerob

“I stand by the constitutional (not moral) argument: if a 16 year old has the constitutional right to have an abortion without state or parental interference, how could she not have the constitutional right to engage in consensual sex?”

A 16 year-old wouldn't need an abortion if an adult hadn't knocked her up when he statutorily raped her without state or parental interference.

youdontfoolme
youdontfoolme

I had to illustrate a teenage brain once and make callouts that described differences between a younger brain and an adult brain. Any person younger than the legal age of consent is very vulnerable to long-term emotional harm at the very least. It's an interesting topic if you would like to learn more and I think afterward you would agree with me that kids this young need protection by law to help stop the sexual predators.

A little overview of some of the differences in the teenage brain compared to a fully developed adult brain:

"Pictures of the brain in action show that adolescents' brains work differently than adults when they make decisions or solve problems. Their actions are guided more by the emotional and reactive amygdala and less by the thoughtful, logical frontal cortex." "The rational part of a teen's brain isn't fully developed and won't be until age 25 or so. In fact, recent research has found that adult and teen brains work differently." "Teen brains may be more vulnerable to stress. Because the teen brain is still developing, teens may respond to stress differently than adults, which could lead to stress-related mental disorders such as anxiety and depression." "Falling in love is an emotional upheaval at any age, but for adolescents the feelings are likely to be even more difficult to manage. ... Hormonal changes, triggered by brain and body developments, are strongly implicated in the intense feelings of sexual attraction and falling in love."

More about the adolescent brain:


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