I was more preoccupied with what I saw: worldliness, sophistication, a gateway to adulthood.None of these interactions became physical, which, looking back, was probably because I liked the idea rather than the reality. My interest in older men started to wane when one of my parents’ friends tried to grope me behind a door at a party. I look at my daughter now and I know what lies ahead.But Claire Lilley, head of online safety at the NSPCC, said the children’s charity is “deeply disturbed that sexual predators could use teen dating apps and websites to target young people.Allowing adults and children to mix on services that are blatantly about flirting and relationships has the potential to put children at risk of abuse.”Last year a 28-year-old man was jailed for nine years after he groomed two girls aged 14 and 15 on mylol.com, which was described by the NSPCC as a “playground for paedophiles”.
When this question comes up in conversation, someone inevitably cites the “half your age plus seven” rule.
I knew back then that this made me attractive, and being attractive to grown men made me feel good.
I didn’t think much beyond this fact, or why these men wouldn’t prefer to hang out with women their own age.
If a guy did this now, I’d be running in the opposite direction.
But at the time, it seemed like the most romantic thing ever.