Argument: Incest has same potential for power-abuse as other relationships

Issue Report: Legalization of adult incest


“I had sex with my brother but I don’t feel guilty”. Times Online. July 15, 2008 – Incest is so often spoken about in the same breath as abuse, but if you’re close in age and equal in relationship terms then it’s entirely different. Of course abuse happens, but it can happen in any sexual relationship and there’s an expectation that a family member would never hurt you in the way that someone else could. There’s no comparison between siblings close in age having sexual feelings and contact and an adult forcing a younger member of the family to do something they neither understand nor want to be involved in.