Road to nowhere said: don't forget we could be talking about 17 year old victims here.
This is extremely easy to forget. A 17 year old is old enough to be married in the state where I live. They are also old enough to at least begin to understand how much power they have, sexually speaking. They are also at an age that can totally cook some poor slob's goose legally. And they haven't a clue how serious that is.
The smallest response out of a brother will put him "on the list" for the rest of his life, while the 17 year old will go on with no repercussions at all. The brother may be able to move on and learn from his mistake, but others will never forget. I have seen this happen in the congregation that I was in.
Pharisaical law, with all of its' details, is not at all appealing. Nor will it draw people to love God. The Watchtower is writing the rules which are causing the tower to crumble.