In a ruling today in the Supreme Court in Ireland the offence of Statutory Rape was deemed unconstitutional and therefore can no longer be applied in this country.
News report here.
Basically it was ruled unconstitutional because according to the 1935 act if intercourse was shown to have occured with a girl under the legal age, the man was immediately guilty of Statutory Rape. Meaning there was no defense to the charge no matter what age the man or boy was or no matter if they had been convinced by the girl that she was of legal age etc.
To be honest it makes sense in alot of cases, including the one that caused the ruling. A man, who is now 23, had sex with a girl who had convinced him she was 16. He was 17 at the time and they were shown to have slept together four times.
Under the law he was guilty and could face up to life in prison under the act and would be placed on the sex offences register. The fact that she had lied and convinced him she was 16 ment nothing, until now that is.
(And specifically in this case the man is actually currently living with the girl who is now 21 and they have a child together, but she became pregnant at 15 so thereby showing underage sex)
But this also opens up the system to serious abuse now, as now no man can be found guilty of sex with an underage girl in Ireland.
The court called for new, different legislation to discourage sex with very young girls...which would certainly suggest that there is now no current legislation that can deal with it.
So...Dace, is this your new holiday destination of choice?
Victory for common sense or big exploitable loophole for fans of underage girls?