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The Absolute Idiocy of American Legislation…

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 4, 2007

12- And 13-Year-Old Have Sex, Now They’re Both Sex Offenders

In a strange twist of law a 13-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy are both the offender and the victim in the same incident after having consensual sex. In Utah it is an offence to have intercourse with somebody 14 or younger.Both children were charged with sexual abuse of a child, a second degree felony in an adult court, after the girl fell pregnant. The girl unsuccessfully appealed citing older juveniles who have sex with each other without breaking the law.

Under the law a person under 14 can never consent, there are no exceptions and no mitigating circumstances are considered. Chief Justice Christine Durham questioned whether this outcome was really the intent of the legislature. Original Article

That is beyond ridiculous! Now, I am sorry, but something like that can only happen in the US – where on earth is the normal common sense of American legislators? It seems like the idea of context and intent has been completely lost. Logic seems to be non-existent. *shaking head in amazement*

Just because a child can never consent to sex with an ADULT or OLDER child, which is also simple common sense, it doesn’t mean they cannot consent to have sex with a child their own age.
It’s good to see that the Chief Justice realized the idiocy of the legislation even as she had to uphold the law…

Somehow this – to me – only proves a point I have tried to make in many Internet discussions – that ultimately sex-education leads to fever teen-pregnancies, because with education KIDS will know how to protect themselves and can make an informed choice according to their age and maturity.

Now, because the children in this case were horribly failed in terms of education by their parents and their school system, three children will suffer – instead of NONE. Now, that is criminal!

I have agree with one of the posters on National Youth Rights Association where this was discussed – And that better Sex Education would have probably informed the young John that he should’ve worn a rubber.”

In Sweden the age of consent is 15 – but then we also start sex-educating our youngsters at age 9-12 (the biological part at 9, the more complicated matters at 12) so that the average age of first time sexual experience has risen from age 13 in the mid 70’s to age 17 in the mid 90’s and they have the right to get condoms and birth-control without parental consent from age 13 (they can basically get it from their school nurses).

The American obsession with sex and sex-phobia is at best ridiculuos and in this case tragic and in my opinion criminal.


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