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It is so refreshing to hear child advocacy groups that have the guts to tell the truth about the sex offender registry and how little it does to prevent child abuse. I have an interesting perspective on this issue; my fiancee was horribly abused as a young child, acted out on his younger half-sister at age 12, and is now an RSO because of this. I'm also a domestic violence survivor, as a very young adult I was nearly killed by my (now) ex-husband. I've had the opportunity to see the flaws in the system from several different views. I'm convinced we will never achieve any real change while our heads are stuck in the stand. Bravo!
It was not the sex offender's house. He is the son of the caretaker of the house. There were several other adults living there at the time. He is not a suspect. His crime was sexual contact with a 15 year old girl when he was 19 or 20. No force or coercion. Suddenly this story is a lot less interesting huh? It took me 5 minutes to find all of that out. Do your homework before copying and pasting from the Associated Press.
I'd say it's a sad day when police have nothing better to do than arrest young men for consensual sexual relationships with consenting older teenagers. These laws are so punitive and all-encompassing that the meaning of "sex crime" and "sex offender" means nothing.
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2012 on NY man accused of sex crime at Vermont Today
This is a tough one. The are many differences between a child aged 10, 13, and 17. One is pre-pubescent, another is entering adolescence, and another is able to consent to sex in many states. Can you two adult men tell me without a doubt that you can tell the difference between a 17-year-old girl who looks 25, and someone who actually is 25? When you were a young single guy, did you card each girl before talking to her? Are you also referring to 18-year old students, or only those who aren't "legally" adults? What about college professors having relationships with college students? Let's not forget that a teacher could be as young as 21 or 22, teaching high-school age students. Less than 50 years ago, it was commonplace in many areas for girls in their early and mid teens to be married with children. For the majority of the existence of humankind, adults have engaged in sex with young teenagers, and in some cultures this continues today. It is only very recently that we have decided as a society that it's not OK for adults to be attracted to or sexually involved with teenagers, which is ironic because teens and children, especially those involved in the entertainment industry, are more jaded and over-exposed to sex than any previous generation. I am not saying that it's always appropriate for teachers to engage sexually with students, or that it never is. However I do not think it is nearly as straightforward as many seem to think.
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Jan 16, 2012