But seriously now…
If you don’t believe in adult privilege, just consider the fact that children don’t have the right to choose their caregivers. Which means, in many many cases, that they don’t have the right to flee their abusers.
That kids who run away from home are returned there by cops. Ordered home by judges. Ordered into visitation. Imprisoned and forced to interact with people they wish to avoid.
Did you know that others, including family members, who offer shelter to a kid who is running from home (like from an abuser whose abuse hasn’t been legally quantified) can be charged with criminal activity? It’s called aiding and abetting a runaway, and you can go to jail for it.
Do you have any idea how difficult it is for a child who is not being physically or sexually abused to get away from their parent/guardian if they desire to do so? I work with kids who are living in residential situations out of family. Do you know how many of them want nothing to do with their parents, but whose parents have the right to visit them and spend time with them against their will? Whose parents retain the legal right to make such important life decisions as their medical and therapy treatment options? Whose parents can order such arbitrary shit as what belongings they’re allowed to have and how they’re allowed to cut and style their hair?
Do you know how horrifically you have to behave toward your children to get your parental rights terminated? Case in point: this guy didn’t.