When you were a kid, did you touch your girlfriend's breasts? Did you give your boyfriend a hand job? Did you dry hump on the beach? Did you French kiss? Did you grope each other in a parked car? If you did, that's sexual molestation of a child. And it's not too late; the statute of limitations on these kinds of things is very long now. Why don't you go turn yourself in?
Of course, if you did "fess up" and you are now an adult you may be charged as an adult even though you were a juvenile when the offense occurred.http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/ ... 68104.html
How many kids do you think the law prevents from having sex anyway? Do they really think that having consensual sex or engaging in mutual molestation will result in their having a criminal record, being incarcerated and having to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives? Or do they just think they might get grounded for a week if they get caught?http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/368 ... source=rsshttp://www.khqa.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=126015 http://www.lacitybeat.com/cms/story/det ... wanted=allhttp://www.wset.com/news/stories/0308/507867.html
Is this method of keeping kids from having sex effective or is it just evil?
If you were the parent of a child who engaged in consensual sex, would you really want your boy or girl to go to jail for it? What a about a brother, sister, cousin, nephew, niece, granddaughter, grandson?
If you would, that would be really perverse, IMHO.
There used to be a joke told, maybe it still is.
"If a boy scout can rub two sticks together to make a fire, what happens if you rub two boy scouts together?"
There was no punch line as such. Most people understood the silent answer to that question. You get a different kind of fire.
That was then. These days you get a criminal investigation. And if the two boys are about the same age and size and the responsibility can't be assigned to one of them, then both must be criminally charged.
Of course, if the two boys are older, over the age of consent, everything is legal and fine and no one is put in jail for it. It's only if they are younger that they have done something wrong.http://www.dentonrc.com/sharedcontent/d ... a175f.html
Should we really prosecute children for taking and sharing nude photos of themselves?http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0508/520195.htmlhttp://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08157/887288-56.stm
The Supreme Court has ruled that child pornography is a crime because a child is harmed by the production of the image. In these cases the child is both victim and criminal. Of course, anyone (often a friend of the victim/criminal) who knowingly receives the image, keeps it, and/or forwards it to someone else is also guilty.
So what happens to these kids if they are convicted? Then they are placed in institutions where real sexual abuse (as opposed to consensual sex) is common. How ironic.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/28/us/28youth.html
And don't think that real abuse is limited to sex, correctional staff or the State of Texas.http://www.nashvillescene.com/Stories/N ... _Medicine/
How else are we going to protect the children?