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Seattle Pioneer wrote:

The simple fact is that there are a certain number of girls and boys who find adults with whom they choose to have sex --- entirely consensual. Where that is a fact, the adult should not be prosecuted.

A 15 year old is not allowed to vote, purchase alcohol or tobacco, buy real estate, enlist in the military or (in some places) stay out late. All of these laws are made due to the recognition that a 15 year old is not capable of making a fully informed and mature decision. The consequences of making a poor decision override the benefit that may come from allowing a minor those rights. When it comes to sex, the potential consequences of an uninformed and immature decision can include pregnancy, disease, physical and psychological damage and even death. That is why we protect children and put the onus on adults to not engage them in such a potentially damaging encounter.
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