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Teens and sex: When laws don’t keep up with reality

An 11-year-old girl in Michigan streaking in front of her brothers was charged with a sex crime. A 14-year-old boy in Minnesota was charged with distributing child pornography after sending a photo of his genitals to a female classmate.

Another 14-year-old boy in South Dakota was charged with rape after getting his 13-year-old girlfriend pregnant.
These are all cases that have been worked on by Nicole Pittman, vice president and director of the Center on Youth Registration Reform in California. Full Article

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  1. rick

    Utterly ridiculous and shameful that they use these kinds of physical and psychological punishments on the young in this country. Especially for consensual and exploratory acts. Yea., the human body is terrifying to people. Guess that’s the price of so called civilization.

    I would just like one person to come into this site and explain how they think knowing who someone is and what they have done makes them safe, or feel safe. I had a neighbor once who killed a guy in Japan during a robbery. He ran around telling everyone even though he didn’t have to. My teenage kids and their friends felt sorry for him. I was a little nervous about the fact that he had killed someone during a robbery, even though it was unintentional according to him.

    But what was most unnerving was that he told everyone about it, and I felt he was unbalanced mentally. I would have preferred not to have known. This was back in the 1990’s before you could google someone’s name and find out anything about them. When he moved away i felt good simply because i didnt have to hear about it anymore. Now if I feel concern about someone I just google them, and for less than a cheap dinner I know everything about them.

    This is precisely why registries are totally unnecessary. You can find out about anyone from public websites, 2) I don’t want to feel afraid of someone in my immediate area because if I’m afraid i might cause something bad to happen, 3) an offender living on the other side of town or from another area could commit a a crime but I would blame the wrong person 4) there is no viable way to protect anyone short of death, 5) registration is slavery, disenfranchisement, and discrimination, and 6) I am more worried about what will happen to kids at school by other peoples violent kids or nutty teachers than anyone on a registry or conviction site, and 7) did you know our schools are one of the most dangerous places for kids today?

  2. Michael

    We’re sick! What kind of society allows prosecutors, who have the discretion to NOT charge, to prosecute an 11-year-old girl for being undressed in front of her siblings? These laws were supposed to protect kids from predators, not from themselves.

    ….

  3. nomore

    Some people want to know. I guess maybe they believe if they can pinpoint you, they can somehow keep an eye on you 24/7 and prevent something. The reality of that is false for many reasons but I’ve found that people really aren’t that rational. Rarely do people actually think things through completely, they live somewhat impulsively based on emotion.

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