Child protection charities have criticised a London barrister who argued that the age of consent for sex should be lowered to 13 in a bid to end the "persecution of old men" in the wake of the Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall sex abuse scandals.
She also claimed that crimes committed by disgraced broadcaster Stuart Hall were "low level misdemeanours".
"Ordinarily, Hall's misdemeanours would not be prosecuted, and certainly not decades after the event.
Ms Hewson argues that "touching a 17-year-old's breast, kissing a 13-year-old, or putting one's hand up a 16-year-old's skirt" are not comparable to cases such as the Ealing Vicarage rape or Fordingbridge gang rape and murders from 1986.
She also called for an end of anonymity for complainants.
Hall recently admitted indecently assaulting 13 girls, the youngest aged just nine.
In a statement, Hardwicke said: "We are shocked by the views expressed in Barbara Hewson's article in Spiked.
"We did not see or approve the article pre-publication and we completely dissociate ourselves from its content and any related views she may have expressed via social media or any other media outlets."
The NSPCC has said that a leading barrister's call for the age of consent to be lowered in a bid to end the "persecution of old men" in the wake of the Savile scandal "beggars belief".
Barbara Hewson also argued that crimes committed by disgraced broadcaster Stuart Hall were "low level misdemeanours" and called for an end to anonymity complainants.
These outdated and simply ill-informed views would be shocking to hear from anyone but to hear them from a highly experienced barrister simply beggars belief.
Stuart Hall has pleaded guilty to abusing children as young as nine years old, we think most people would agree that crimes of this nature are incredibly serious. Thankfully the law, and most people, are very clear on this matter.
To minimise and trivialise the impact of these offences for victims in this way is all but denying that they have in fact suffered abuse at all. Any suggestion of lowering the age of consent could put more young people at risk from those who prey on vulnerable young people.
And we must strongly defend the right for victims to remain anonymous and to ask for justice no matter when they choose to come forward.