I see that the Irish Government has come under intense pressure to update the law of statutory rape. It comes after the Supreme Court ruled the existing law as unconstitutional. The law as it currently stands makes it an automatic crime to have sex with a girl under the age of 15.
However, the Supreme Court said this was unconstitutional as it did not allow the accused to argue that he honestly believed the girl was older.The ruling came in a case taken by a young man who had sex with a 14-year-old girl who told him she was 16. He was 18 at the time.
I agree with the Supreme Court on this, we can't have a situtation where the crime of rape is treated as a strict liability offense.
I remember a couple of years ago I was working in an over 18's disco and this girl started to hit on one of our bouncers. Now this girl had shown ID in order to gain entry and she looked at least 22/23. Anyway she asked this fella to take her home at the end of the night and made it perfectly clear what she had in mind. Someone was looking down on this fella because he said no, owing to the fact that he had work in less than 4 hours. He was driving through Dorsey the next week and saw the same girl getting off the school bus, she was only 15.
Rape, for this reason alone, can never be treated as a strict liability offense.