Thank you for your replies everyone.
Sex between a 15 and 18 year old is different than underage sex between a 40 - 50 year old and a 15 year old.
Why? Its the same act with the same risks.
Does it mean a 14 year old can consent to sex because they can be convicted as an adult for murder?
If they can be convicted of murder they must understand the implication of their actions, therefore they must understand and be able to consent to sex.
when I was a teenager I never looked at guys over 25 as a potential love interest.
You obviously haven't herd the expression 'MILF'. Many young people find people in their 30's and 40's attractive.
is the person trying to gain trust of the underaged person just to hurt them later on?
Why would they have sinister intentions? Cant they find someone underage attractive or love them? Do you always suspect the worst of people?
There is a predatory nature to pedophelia
Don't be silly. In fact it's not uncommon for persons underage to proposition adults! I notice you're a woman Cher1300, it's understandable that you get hysterical over this subject.
Society must think there is harm otherwise why would that be the only crime where we track them like tagged animals for the rest of their lives?
Society onece thought homosexuality and the emancipation of black people from slavery were harmful. Society obviously doesn't feel the need to justify it's prejudices.