The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any
member of the community, against his will, is to prevent harm to
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859
Discussion of Age of Consent (AOC) Laws
This directory collects information related with the discussion of the
age-of-consent laws. See related issues:
There will be different groups of arguments for decriminalization:
There are different problems which have to be considered to detect if
a law is useful:
- Type A: The "criminal" behaviour has to be
accepted by the society (f.e. homosexuality).
- Type B: It may not be accepted, but it is not
the purpose of government to control it (f.e. unsafe sex between
adults and AIDS).
- Type C: It may not be accepted, and the
government has a right to intervent, but criminal law, especially in
it's current form, is not the best way to intervent.