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From the little I've read, all of the men who've gone public have stated that they had a consensual sexual encounter with Clash while they were under the age of 18. Also, these men and Clash were connected via gay dating sites, meaning that the men who were under 18 at the time, were interested in a sexual encounter with an older man.

As a lawyer, I'm sure you're aware that age of consent laws vary greatly by jurisdiction, gender, age of the other party, sexual orientation, etc. We don't know in which jurisdiction each of these encounters occurred, not the exact age of the minor at the time. So, from a legal perspective, it's difficult to make blanket statements in this case.

While I would question the character of men who engage in sex with anyone (boys or girls) under the age of consent, there are boys/girls who look much older than their biological age. Given the fact that Clash was not in an authority position (employer, clergy, coach, teacher, etc.) at the time, there does not seem to be any evidence of any coercive actions involved.

Given Clash's involvement in children's television, I think he exhibited an extreme lack of judgement. As a gay man who was 15/16 at one time, I can understand boys lying about their age in order to have sex with older men. That's why when I say 21 in my rear view mirror, I was not interested in men who had also not passed 21 and made sure that they were old enough.

As you say, this will get a lot of press by the RR about how gay men prey on poor helpless and defenseless "straight" boys. Of course, they fail to point the light at those older men (20-40s) who have sex with minor girls and in some cases marry them. All legal if the parents give approval or they get married.

Legally, here the age of consent is 16 and I wouldn't change that

I'm less concerned with legal ramifications than I am basic predatory behaviour here. Not that May/December relationships can't work - but if a man in his 40s seeks out and finds 3 guys in their teens who are jailbait/borderline/barely legal then that's a pretty strong pattern of predatory behaviour, even if it's legal. Beyond lack of judgement, the mere fact Clash, in his 40s, was looking for such a young, vulnerable section for dating. Even without over coersion, it's skeevy

That's why when I say 21 in my rear view mirror, I was not interested in men who had also not passed 21 and made sure that they were old enough.

Exactly. Which is a reasonable, sensible and non-predatory way to go about things because most of us recognise the vulnerable nature of teenagers and how fraught such relationships can be

The press - and beyond - will always label us as sex predators and it's always so so so so much worse than the straight population

Hands over the flamethrower and loads up own shotgun

Less talk, more flames and booms.

As a straight female - I'm with this guy.

< loads shotgun > Let's go.

Bisexual woman on board with this strategy.

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