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Prosecution Is Not the Way to Save a 10-Year-Old Child

When children under 12 engage in exploitative sexual behavior, it is often a result of abuse or exposure to sex acts that they themselves have experienced. These children need mental health treatment and family interventions, not probation and blacklists.

Why then is the U.S. government prosecuting a young boy in federal court for behavior he engaged in when he was just 10 years old? The child, one of the youngest defendants ever pursued by the U.S. Department of Justice, is accused of engaging in sex acts with other young boys on a U.S. Army base in Arizona. Clearly, there are several children here who have been greatly harmed. But involving the criminal justice system in this sad story is likely to do much more harm than good. This is prosecutorial overreach, plain and simple. Full Article

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“When children under 12 engage in exploitative sexual behavior, it is often a result of abuse or exposure to sex acts that they themselves have experienced. These children need mental health treatment and family interventions, not probation and blacklists.” That this unsupported nonsense is what passes as enlightened liberality, coming from no less than the ACLU, shows just how far removed from reality is society’s understanding of child and adolescent sexuality. That these views appear benign when compared to the even more savage views of the criminal justice system points to the scale of ignorance, and the daunting challenges, we… Read more »

Not everyone wants top see children sexualized like you apparently do. It is NOT appropriate behavior for children to be doing these things. I agree that prosecution is the last thing that should happen, but if we don’t want to be seen as the monsters the media portrays us to be, posts defending children being sexualized need to stop!

For those who continue to thumbs down every time I say children should not be sexualized or exposed to pornography, here’s a little lesson for you. This site, to the best of my understanding, is about seeing laws changed, but only the laws concerning registration, not laws as to whether it is legal for children to be sexualized. When you say things here that makes it clear you do not adhere to the public norm that children should not be sexualized, then foster the public perception that you are a danger to their children, thus you hurt the cause championed… Read more »

I have never said, nor would I ever say, that children should be “sexualized” if, for no other reason, than they simply ARE sexual beings. This is not a controversial view amongst those knowledgeable in the subject nor even amongst most of us with a clear recollection of our own childhoods. It is only controversial within the greater hysteria movement of which, I fear, you are clearly a part. The idea that children are acting out sexually because they have either: a) been sexually abused previously or b) been subjected to the contaminating effects of a “sexualized-child” culture, are without… Read more »

If you took offense at what I said, then so be it. Here’s a very telling comment about the interactions we’ve had on here: while I have blatantly disagreed with your view and opinions on here, I have never once launched a personal attack against you nor have I said things to tear you down or been blatantly insulting. You, however, have constantly done so towards me. If you want to see yourself as being better than me, more intelligent than me, more forward thinking than me, etc., perhaps you should ask yourself why you choose to attack me personally… Read more »

“When children under 12 engage in exploitative sexual behavior, it is often a result of abuse or exposure to sex acts that they themselves have experienced. These children need mental health treatment and family interventions, not probation and blacklists.”

Total trash journalism.

Agreed, it is trash journalism, but maybe we should look at the big picture. I don’t agree with most of what this article stated, but rather than focusing on the negative, I am also noticing the positive, which is that someone is advocating for children not being prosecuted in this situation. While it may not affect me personally, removing the threat of prosecuting minors,especially ones this young is still a step forward.

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