We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. The problem is that we insist and insist on conflating teens with pre-teens. You would think the states would have a statute of limitations regarding sex registries. The only difference was that he was 18 at the time of his offense. Oh, I forgot - being put on a registry isn't punishment. Well, most of the population is retarded, so that's not much of a surprise.
A fourteen year old boy usually can't be physically intimidated or controlled by most females. Men and women should be treated equally under the law. Some guy who peed behind a dumpster? Whereas with the ages reversed, the male has a pronounced and nigh-unassailable size and weight advantage. I can't think of any frame where it's reasonable to force someone into a lifetime of poverty and near-homelessness over that. Men and women are different. And offender registries cause other problems even aside from that. Feel free to reach to let us know if you have any comments or questions.
Meanwhile, I have no idea about the validity of popular assumptions about the gender of the average rapist or victim, but I find it exceedingly difficult to believe they are that balanced. Shawna, by any stretch of the imagination, isn't a danger to children. The only issue is the age of the participants and yes, a boy under the age of consent who has sex with a girl under the age of consent can be prosecuted for statutory rape. Don't you think that should be an assault? After doing her time, should she be on a list for life? However, you are right that it would strike most people, myself included, a bit different if the genders were reversed. Who says they can't be intimidated by an adult? Get her off the list.
In order to figure out if an actual rape took place, you need to investigate each situation on a case-by-case basis. Which would make me the coolest kid in town anyway. Child rape is cruel and unjust. First they came for the Socialists. You are everything wrong with the world. The question isn't whether or not it is legally considered statutory rape; the question is whether or not it is actually rape. In Colorado as long as the age difference is within two years then sex is legal, or at least it was when I was a teenager.
Laws are often wrong and can be changed, after all. Very serious business, that probably deserves a visit by the supreme court so we protect the innocent without turning the nation into a gulag. At a minimum, you have to inform your child about statutory problems that sweep aside the feelings of any individual not having reached the age of majority. My assertion about physical disparities was based on personal anecdotal experience of 14- and 19-year-olds' respective sizes. Soon we get George Bush demanding the death sentence for burning the wrong kind of leaves. You've gone off the rails already and it doesn't matter how you're planning to finish that sentence.
These people are very unlikely to reoffend, so there's little practical reason to continue shaming them by maintaining a public list of their names. Odd dichotomy: we pay judges primarily to gauge intent and degree of any particular conviction in applying the law. Or that she would be incapable of intimidating him. Go look up Albert Fish for a particularly horrifying and murderous one. If that keeps on happening, then one day, like civil asset forfeiture, there will be a groundswell of opposition to end such registries altogether. Don't you think that should be an assault? If this were a 19 year old guy who had fucked a 14 year old girl Reason wouldn't have touched the story with a ten foot pole.
If, as some of the learned friends have pointed out, the boy had killed her, he'd have almost certainly been tried as an adult, despite the existence of the juvenile court system which was set up specifically to prevent that sort of thing. Any physical disparity can fairly be taken into account when one is determining whether intimidation took place. Shawna's open letter, which Reason published this January, makes it pretty clear that Shawna knew how young he was. However, we should perceive them as opportunities. All I have to do is call code enforcement and he's going to get fined and have to cut his new fence down to six feet tall.
Now Shawna is spending the rest of her life on the sex offender registry, even though the mother of two is obviously no threat to children. That's a disgusting and criminal thing to do. I do not think a 19 year old having sex with a 14 year old is necessarily rape, and anyone who thinks otherwise is a moron. Remember that if you take on too many responsibilities at the same time, you will give up sooner or later. A woman may know how to fight better than a man. That said, its certainly absurd that a lot of these self-justified and narrow-range statutory cases involve registries at all, and that they can stretch on for decades merely adds layers of stupid.
So if robbing a bank was not illegal on Monday when you did it, you cannot be prosecuted for it because the legislature made it illegal on Tuesday. I thought this mess was mostly attributable to the right-wing. Of course, if he had screwed another 14 year old, then it would have been consensual you see. I bet the boys parents did not. Frequently, people find it easier to obtain big objectives in comparison to mid-size goals. If legislators had confined the sex offender registries to rapists and child molesters few people would have much of an issue with them.
As for not be able to give sexual consent when drunk, is to ignore over 10,000 years of human history. Don't you think it should be discouraged with penalties? Or at least by ruling out all those statutory rape cases where the victim is over 12 and the age difference is less than 6 years or so. Well, think of being put on the sex offender registry as the equivalent. It's assault if nothing else. That sex with a complete stranger that otherwise you will not have sex with while sober could be a possible outcome. The more straws you have in the haystack, the harder it is to find the needle.