I wonder what happens with Kiara. Did she end up dating the guy or she shunned the idea. I know that 13 years or more age gap are still frowned even these days, especially in some countries/cultures. I know this based in my own experience.
I think age gap matters only if other predisposing factors to unsuccessful relationship are already evident. Maturity, emotional and psychological, for example play a significant role no matter what. As we age, we gain more experience and knowledge in life. We tend to learn from our past mistakes, hence we improve ourselves. We also tend to be reflective and really look at what really matters in our life, and in the present. Having said that, I strongly believe that age shouldn't be a hindrance to get to know a potential partner. It is the personality and emotional maturity that matter to me, not the numbers.
When I did jury service, one case was of statutory rape. It was an odd sensation. The guy was certainly guilty, but how 'bad' was he?
Not too sure myself.
I have a friend whose daughter was statutorily raped and the guy was prosecuted. Her mother actually moved to another town as she was uncomfortable as she reckoned "the guy didn't stand a chance. Her daughter was determined to pull him."
I'm a bit confused here. I can't see anything that I imply about an underage girl having sex with an older guy on my post.