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Former Rolling Stone’s Child Lover Says Raise the Age of Consent
Life Site News ^ | April 21, 2010 | Peter J. Smith

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 UK’s 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 London’s 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.

“It’s not about being physically mature. It’s emotional maturity that matters,” Smith told the Mail.

“I don’t think most 16-year-olds are ready. I think the age of consent should be raised to 18 at a minimum, and some girls aren’t even ready then,” she said. “People will find that odd coming from me. But I think I do know what I’m 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 family’s 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 don’t 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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: ageofconsent; ageofconsentlaws; bornagain; cultureofcorruption; culturewar; mandysmith; moralabsolutes; pornification; religion; rollingstones; sexpositiveagenda; sexualizingchildren
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1 posted on 04/21/2010 6:06:26 AM PDT by NYer
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2 posted on 04/21/2010 6:06:47 AM PDT by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: NYer

These days people aren’t emotionally equipped by 30, they are forever juveniles.


3 posted on 04/21/2010 6:08:28 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: NYer
beginning a relationship that stole away a childhood she “could never get back.”
It wasn't stolen - she gave it away.
4 posted on 04/21/2010 6:13:08 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: NYer

Side note: this is why Polanski et al are being given a pass ... too many celebrities and “elites” are doing the same thing.


5 posted on 04/21/2010 6:13:27 AM PDT by ikka
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To: NYer
“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,”

No greater love...

6 posted on 04/21/2010 6:14:15 AM PDT by JimRed (To water the Tree of Liberty is to excise a cancer before it kills us. TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: GeronL

“These days people aren’t emotionally equipped by 30, they are forever juveniles.”

That would explain the divorce rate.


7 posted on 04/21/2010 6:14:57 AM PDT by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: GeronL
These days people aren’t emotionally equipped by 30, they are forever juveniles.

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.

8 posted on 04/21/2010 6:15:54 AM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: NYer

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.


9 posted on 04/21/2010 6:15:58 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: oh8eleven

NOPE, she was way too young to understand, and that 34 year old B&$^@*$ stole her innocence.


10 posted on 04/21/2010 6:17:12 AM PDT by redneck with hot sauce
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To: oh8eleven
It wasn't stolen - she gave it away.

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.

11 posted on 04/21/2010 6:17:32 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: LaineyDee

I know 40 year old potheads who still ride bikes and “hang out” with young teenagers.


12 posted on 04/21/2010 6:17:39 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: ikka

I bet we’d be shocked what the elites do in secret. I bet we’d consider it satanic.


13 posted on 04/21/2010 6:18:27 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: NYer
“You can never get that part of your life, your childhood, back. I never could.”

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.

14 posted on 04/21/2010 6:18:34 AM PDT by library user
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To: oh8eleven
It wasn't stolen - she gave it away.

I beg to differ. At thirteen you aren't capable of making mature decisions. That's why they have statutory rape laws.

15 posted on 04/21/2010 6:19:00 AM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
The NAMBLA crowd is pushing real hard to get that number down into the single digits, if not abolish it all together.

On that score "NAMBLA" is working hand-in-hand with The Religion Of Pieces.

16 posted on 04/21/2010 6:19:27 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: redneck with hot sauce

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.


17 posted on 04/21/2010 6:19:28 AM PDT by Flavious_Maximus
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To: NYer
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.”

Uhhhh, and a law would have helped this situation..... how?

18 posted on 04/21/2010 6:19:44 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: oh8eleven

For heaven’s sake.

Does the idea “statutory rape” mean anything to you?


19 posted on 04/21/2010 6:20:39 AM PDT by workerbee (Yes, I hate Obama because of his color: RED!)
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To: GeronL
I know 40 year old potheads who still ride bikes and “hang out” with young teenagers.

Yep. Me too. We used to call them "bums".

20 posted on 04/21/2010 6:21:09 AM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: Flavious_Maximus

got it! thank you! Still a B#$%@^D


21 posted on 04/21/2010 6:21:16 AM PDT by redneck with hot sauce
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To: NYer

Where was her father? Oh, never mind.


22 posted on 04/21/2010 6:21:32 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: NYer

“I don’t think most 16-year-olds are ready. I think the age of consent should be raised to 18 at a minimum, and some girls aren’t even ready then,” she said. “People will find that odd coming from me. But I think I do know what I’m talking about here. You are still a child – even at 16.”

Why don’t we just raise the minimum to age 30? 40 anyone? You are still a child - even at age 50!


23 posted on 04/21/2010 6:22:19 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
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To: NYer

Are there any Freepers who advocating using the UK military to storm his house and burn everyone in it?


24 posted on 04/21/2010 6:22:52 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: redneck with hot sauce

He wasn’t 34. He was 34 years older than her when she was 13/14 and having sex with him, so 47/48 (not that it matters at that age). He is unforgivably gross, and I wish he could still be charged for his actions. She was too young to give informed consent, and I’m sure that’s why he liked her.


25 posted on 04/21/2010 6:25:16 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I agree. This lady is dumb. She sounds like she still hasn’t grown up.


26 posted on 04/21/2010 6:25:19 AM PDT by library user
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To: NYer
So Wyman was a pedophile.
27 posted on 04/21/2010 6:25:34 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: GeronL

One problem is that people tend to go all the way to marriage in a rush without allowing any time for problems and impediments to arise first. These will come up eventually and while being married does convey some strength to stand up to them, if one is not tested first and does not really know the spiritual strength of one’s spouse, then the obstacles are going to loom larger and be more maritally destructive than otherwise.

Much better to allow a time to pass before making any such decision. And it wouldn’t hurt, once the decision to marry is made, to consult a spiritual counselor.


28 posted on 04/21/2010 6:26:40 AM PDT by BelegStrongbow (Dear Leader: you have two ears and one mouth. Start using them in proportion.)
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To: NYer
Smith revealed that her father had been absent in her family’s life since she was three...

Somehow I just knew she had daddy issues.

29 posted on 04/21/2010 6:27:12 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: redneck with hot sauce
NOPE, she was way too young to understand, and that 34 year old B&$^@*$ stole her innocence.

He was 48 and she was fourteen. Incredible.

30 posted on 04/21/2010 6:29:04 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: NYer

So the age of consent was/is 16, she had sex at 14, but thinks if the consent law had been 18 she wouldn’t have? I don’t think a new law is the answer here.


31 posted on 04/21/2010 6:36:10 AM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: library user

She is just another symptom of the break down of the family.


32 posted on 04/21/2010 6:36:19 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
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To: GeronL

Not sure what a “lost childhood” means.
Or what the point is of being celibate at 39.

It should be noted that Age of Consent does not restrict/protect underage people from sex or stupidity at all.
It just restricts the choices of someone who is over-age.

But Bill Wyman was obviously immature and unable to handle himself or marriage at 48.

Maybe everybody should stay celibate to 65, if not longer.

If priests can be prosecuted 40 years after the fact, how about Wyman?

Just some things to think about.


33 posted on 04/21/2010 6:36:49 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (NEW TAG ====> **REPEAL OR REBEL!** -- Islam Delenda Est! -- Rumble thee forth)
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To: oh8eleven

“It wasn’t stolen - she gave it away.”

She was 13 when she started dating him, and 14 when she had intercourse, AND she had no father around. Labeling her as ‘at fault’ is ridiculous. People make mistakes. Children are likely to make more, which is why they have parents to help.


34 posted on 04/21/2010 6:37:51 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide
Not sure what a “lost childhood” means

That is sad.

35 posted on 04/21/2010 6:39:53 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: NYer
Seriously, I think this was handled best when families decided when their children were ready. And I also think it was best when the families decided who they should marry. With the divorce rate skyrocketing, it has become abundantly clear that most people are completely incapable of selecting a suitable partner on their own. And waiting till your 25+ just leads to out of wedlock sex which helps destroy their later relationships in various ways. I don't understand for the life of me why we think we know better than nature, and why our current way of handling this hasn't been deemed the utter failure that it is.

Some boys and many girls are not only capable of being married at puberty, but really need to go ahead and start their lives.

36 posted on 04/21/2010 6:45:54 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: demshateGod
Well, it depends, is he the only one in it? /sarc

Anyhow, no. Now, if then was now, and I was her father...... it'd take SWAT, some firefighters, and a crack team of surgeons to 1. Arrest me 2. Extinguish my "gifts" to him and 3. Put humpty pervert back together again..... wood chippers are effective; a dremel is more personal.

But, per her story her "father" stepped out when she was 3. This sick demented 48 year old @@@@ took advantage of her; Her father wasn't around to stick up for her.

37 posted on 04/21/2010 6:49:53 AM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
People make mistakes

Spreading your legs is not a "mistake". Keep em closed.

38 posted on 04/21/2010 6:50:23 AM PDT by GUNGAGALUNGA (Democratus Suckus Teatus is the Latin root for Democrat and it means to tax)
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To: oh8eleven

Isnt it amazing how often stories saying:

1. I did this of my own FREE will.

2. In retrospect I regret what I did or it did not work out for me.

3. NOW PASS A LAW SO OTHER PEOPLE CAN NOT EXERCIZE THEIR FREE WILL

draw sympathetic responses on FREErepublic? She did in fact give away he childhood. It had nothing to do with the famous guy she is now using to promote her agenda. She gave away her childhood when she decided at age 13 that hanging around in bars was better than playing with friends her own age.

Had she never met Wyman she was still in the same place. That relationship led to marriage so while there was a large age difference and led to a quick divorce ala many celeb marriages, it was hardly purely exploitive.


39 posted on 04/21/2010 6:54:22 AM PDT by JLS (Democrats: People who wont even let you enjoy an unseasonably warm winter day)
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

Most likely her reason for being celibate is her realizing she doesn’t have the ability to have a healthy relationship. That can be put at the feet of her absent father. Young girls need a father as much, if not more, than young boys to keep things like this from happening.


40 posted on 04/21/2010 6:54:57 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: oh8eleven

Yeah, and women ask to be raped. /s


41 posted on 04/21/2010 6:55:16 AM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: NYer

Fourteen? Where were her parents?


42 posted on 04/21/2010 6:59:23 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: oh8eleven

Shocking how judgemental you are about a girl, what about the man? he was 34 years older making him 47 years old. Statutory rape laws exist because of this very type of thing.

Her childhood was indeed taken from her. Mince words all you want. She can never go back and relive those years knowing what she knows now.

She has turned her life around and I applaud her.


43 posted on 04/21/2010 7:03:34 AM PDT by tioga
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To: ikka

Money, celebrity and power rule too many folks. It is sad that the elite have no decency.


44 posted on 04/21/2010 7:04:37 AM PDT by tioga
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide
If priests can be prosecuted 40 years after the fact, how about Wyman?

He's dead.

45 posted on 04/21/2010 7:05:56 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Rummyfan

How is he dead? His career?


46 posted on 04/21/2010 7:08:07 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (1 birth, 2 deaths; 2 births, 1 death)
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To: oh8eleven

Yes you are so right.

Adults arent responsible for manipulating children. The children can just say no.

/sarc


47 posted on 04/21/2010 7:08:17 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: GUNGAGALUNGA

At 13-14 years old, under the influence of a celebrity who is 34 years older, it’s in no way something she should be labeled for. She didn’t choose to have her father leave when she was 3 years old. She was a child. Plain and simple.


48 posted on 04/21/2010 7:08:26 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: GeronL
I know 40 year old potheads who still ride bikes and “hang out” with young teenagers

One of my best friends, and a guy I've known since I was 14 (I'm 48 now) still smokes pot, and he just turned 49.

I've lost count of the number of times I've asked him to quit.


49 posted on 04/21/2010 7:09:03 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Arrogant, stupid and treasonous is no way to go through life, Barack.)
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To: library user

It sounds like she never recd much of an education, having been married at such a young age. I give her credit for speaking out and making an effort to right wrongs. Creeps like Wyman need to be given a good talking to.


50 posted on 04/21/2010 7:11:16 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (1 birth, 2 deaths; 2 births, 1 death)
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