Shirley Manson reiterated this week on her Facebook page that the sexual relationship she had with her music teacher at age 15 was purely consensual and she was not the victim of sexual abuse from a pedophile.
Manson’s statement read: “I want to make it perfectly clear once and for all that I have never been the victim of a pedophile nor have I ever claimed to be.
“I was a few weeks shy of my 16th birthday, sixteen being the legal age of consent in Scotland, when I engaged in a fully consensual relationship with a teacher whose real identity I have always been careful to protect.”
Manson goes on, “At no point have I ever said this teacher was an employee of Edinburgh Council.” The council began an official investigation after Manson came forward with details of the relationship in a recent interview.
The singer concluded by saying, “There are so many people who have been the true victims of sexual abuse throughout the world and they deserve justice and our compassion.
However I do believe a distinction must be made between a person who is within weeks of the legal age of consent and an innocent child.
Otherwise we all in danger of becoming distracted from the really serious issue at hand which is that of child abuse. An issue which genuinely demands our urgent and focused attention.”