Skip to comments.Former Rolling Stone’s Child Lover Says Raise the Age of Consent
Posted on 04/21/2010 6:06:26 AM PDT by NYer
LONDON, April 20, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) Mandy Smith, the former child-lover and later wife of Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman, believes that the age of consent should be raised to 18 in order to protect young girls, who are emotionally vulnerable when it comes to sexual relationships at that age. In an interview with the UKs Daily Mail, Smith said that she had slept with the much older Wyman when she was 14 years old, beginning a relationship that stole away a childhood she could never get back.
Smith, 39, revealed to the Mail that she has come a long way from being the Wild Child on Londons celebrity scene in the 1980s to a woman who is now single, celibate, and living out a revived Catholic faith, mentoring young girls, and involving herself in charitable work.
But the experience of her child sexual relationship with Rolling Stone Wyman, 34 years her senior, taught her that teenage girls are not emotionally equipped for sex by the age of 16.
Its not about being physically mature. Its emotional maturity that matters, Smith told the Mail.
I dont think most 16-year-olds are ready. I think the age of consent should be raised to 18 at a minimum, and some girls arent even ready then, she said. People will find that odd coming from me. But I think I do know what Im talking about here. You are still a child even at 16.
You can never get that part of your life, your childhood, back. I never could.
Smith revealed that her father had been absent in her familys life since she was three, and her mother was perennially ill around the time she met Wyman. The rocker had met her at a club where Smith and her sister Nicola, both teenagers, would party and try to dress and act twice their age.
Smith said she saw Wyman in part as filling the void of a father figure in her life. They began dating when she was 13, and revealed publicly for the first time to the Mail that Wyman had criminal intercourse with her when she was 14. When Smith reached the age of consent at 16, their relationship became public; by 18 she and Wyman married, and two years later the relationship ended in a bitter divorce.
Looking back on her past, she said that she believed Wyman never would have made a move if my dad had been around.
But her biggest concern is for teenage girls she sees today being caught up in a highly sexualized culture and its expectations.
My concern is that everything clothes, films, talk is so sexualised. The girls I talk to are under pressure to be a certain way, said Smith. They think they should be having sex, living a certain life. I try to say to them: Hold on. You dont have to do this.
Smith is the mother of nine-year-old son, Max, from a brief relationship with model Ian Mosby. She says she rediscovered her faith in 2005 and tells the Mail that God is the only man in my life now.
The great thing about the Church is that you can go back. It's never too late, she said, adding that it was a note from one of the nuns who taught her in school that helped bring her back.
She said that Jesus does not look at mistakes I had made, or the times I had ignored him. Until then, I'd felt a terrible guilt about the life I'd led, added Smith. I realised that there was another way.
Parliament first established the age of consent in the UK at 13 years in 1875 in response to concerns that young girls were being exploited for prostitution. The age of consent was amended to 16 years in 1885 under the Criminal Amendment Act.
But in the United Kingdom recently the tendency has been to lower the age of consent. A furor erupted two years ago when Parliament passed a bill requiring Northern Ireland to lower its age of consent from 17 years to 16 years under the Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008, to be in conformity with the rest of the kingdom.
Members of Northern Ireland's Legislative Assembly accused London of acting with "contempt for democracy" by pushing through the measure despite their opposition. MLAs warned that the change would encourage sexual predators from the Republic of Ireland, where the age of consent remains at 17, to go north in search of younger victims.
Belfast's Rape Crisis Centre also objected to the change, saying the new law would make it more difficult for them to protect vulnerable girls from sexual predators.
See related coverage by LifeSiteNews.com:
British Government Bill to Impose Lower Age of Consent in Northern Ireland
These days people aren’t emotionally equipped by 30, they are forever juveniles.
Side note: this is why Polanski et al are being given a pass ... too many celebrities and “elites” are doing the same thing.
The great thing about the Church is that you can go back. It's never too late,
No greater love...
“These days people arent emotionally equipped by 30, they are forever juveniles.”
That would explain the divorce rate.
I have to agree. I was an "old" 17 when I married (yes it was too young) but I took responsibility of life very seriously. I don't see that in most teens or even young adults, nowadays. It's appalling to see a 30yr old man/woman still living with their parents.
gee, someone actually exercising common sense...how novel and refreshing!
Unfortunately all of the momentum in Britain is in the opposite direction. The NAMBLA crowd is pushing real hard to get that number down into the single digits, if not abolish it all together. Only a matter of time till we are fighting that battle here.
NOPE, she was way too young to understand, and that 34 year old B&$^@*$ stole her innocence.
Given her age at the time...and his...I'd say that "stolen" is a more appropriate way to put it.If she was older...or he was (much) younger....I might have a different attitude.
I know 40 year old potheads who still ride bikes and “hang out” with young teenagers.
I bet we’d be shocked what the elites do in secret. I bet we’d consider it satanic.
Well, then, stop trying to. The definition of insanity is doing or thinking the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result.
I beg to differ. At thirteen you aren't capable of making mature decisions. That's why they have statutory rape laws.
On that score "NAMBLA" is working hand-in-hand with The Religion Of Pieces.
The article says that the guy was 34 years OLDER than the girl. He was 48 at the time he was poking the 14 year old. WOW.
Uhhhh, and a law would have helped this situation..... how?
For heaven’s sake.
Does the idea “statutory rape” mean anything to you?
Yep. Me too. We used to call them "bums".
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