Dirty Old Men
A Chief Constable responsible for giving the views of senior officers on child protection has provoked anger after suggesting that people who have sex with children aged from 13 to 15 should not be classed as paedophiles.
"It's much more of an issue for me if a child is under 13. The closer they get to 16, the more it becomes a grey area."
In speaking to The Sunday Times, he said, he had been "referring to 13-, 14- and 15-year-olds [girls] and teenage boys and nothing else".
"If you prosecute each and every time a boy has sex with a girl under 16 and above 12, then we'd be in schools and youth clubs across Britain pretty regularly," he said.
However, Mr Grange's claim that the 16-year-old cut off point was artificial was dismissed by Kidscape, a charity which deals with bullying and child sexual abuse.
Michele Elliott, the charity's spokesman, said: "The definition of a paedophile is a person who is sexually attracted to children. In this country we class this as children who are under 16.
"We have been having this debate for ages. He is misguided - it is not a grey area."
Come off it - lumping post-puberty teenager lust in with kiddie fiddlers is madness, the two factors are puberty and the age difference. With a third of girls claiming to have done "it" before their 16th birthday the charity is trying to fuel the paedophilia terror. Regretable as it is, early teenage sex is not remotely comparable to the classic dirty old man and primary school children; for whom the wrath of all right thinking people should know no bounds. By linking the two it lessens the horror we ought to fell and blunts our reactions to the monsters.