Yes, they (sometimes) can
As the above examples show [see the article], there is some evidence that having sex with older people, whether hetero-or homosexual, can be good, or at any rate not bad, for at least some boys. As to the law, not only is it quite arbitrary but it is rooted in social attitudes. Attitudes which, since they vary from one civilization to the next, have little if anything to do with what young people do or do not understand, can or cannot do, want or do not want. Let alone with "basic" human nature at this age or that. Such being the case, it is quite possible that, in at least some cases, the "cure," which today usually consists of punishing the older partner and actively compelling the younger one to assume the role of a victim, does more harm than good. As to girls, there seems to be a near-universal consensus that they develop faster, and reach maturity earlier than boys do. So draw your own conclusions.
source: Article 'Yes, They (Sometimes) Can' by Martin van Creveld; www.martin-van-creveld.com/yes-sometimes-can/; Martin van Creveld; 2 March 2017