Hello, Dr. Michael Castleman!
I read your article:
www . psychologytoday . com /blog/all-about-sex/201702/age-consent-how-old-is-old-enough-sex
Adolescents are not children.
Children are those who do not reach puberty, in general, those under 9 years of age.
The WHO recognizes this by classifying as children only those who are under 10 years of age.
Our species goes into puberty for sex. That is why many adolescents have sex.
Adolescence is part of adulthood, not childhood. The majority of nature is puberty.
In the Bible there is no minimum age for sex or marriage. If sex were only for fertile people, sterile adults could not have sex.
I think the best reference for sex is puberty. Puberty begins around age 9. Thus, I defend the age of consent between 10 and 12 years. The age of reason is 7 years. That is, enough time to make the consent valid. And it should be valid because sexual maturation occurs at 12 (women) and 13 (men) on average. Coincidentally they are the same ages as Jews are considered adults by Jewish tradition.