Under-age lovers face jail for a kiss
- The Sexual Offences Bill is child abuse masquerading as child
protection - Peter Tatchell, www.petertatchell.net, December 2008
If the Home Secretary, David Blunkett, gets his way, modern-day
and Juliets will be threatened with five years jail for a mere kiss or
The Sexual Offences Bill (SOB) creates the specific new crime of "child sex offences committed by children or young persons"
age of 18 with partners under 16.
Fifteen-year olds who kiss and fondle each other behind the bike
will, under Clause 14, face a maximum sentence of five years
imprisonment. Two 12-year old child sweethearts who do the same thing
will be committing an even graver offence. According to Clause 8, the
most trivial and innocent sexual contact with a person under 13 is
punishable by up to 14 years jail. [...]
Parents are also at risk under Clause 15, which prohibits the "arranging
or facilitating" of under-age sex. [...]
A mother who knowingly allows her 15-year old son to
have sex with his 15-year old girlfriend in the family home could, in
theory, face a jail term of 14 years. The same penalty could apply to
parents, teachers or agony aunts who suggest to under-age youths that it
is OK to explore their sexuality.
Penalty widens for youth sex 'coercion'
- Jill Taylor, Palm Beach Post, August 13, 2007
Fourteen-year-old boys who "coerce" sex from their
girlfriends soon will
join adult rapists and child molesters with their names, addresses and
photographs on the state's Web site list of sex offenders.
And most will remain on the list for life, required to re-register
90 days or face a new felony charge, because of a law the state
legislature passed in the spring to comply with the federal Adam Walsh
Child Protection Act.
Therapists are required to report any
child abuse they learn about from victims or offenders.
Stringent sex laws criticized by some
- S.D. Legislature toughened penalties - Josh Verges, argusleader.com, September 3, 2007
Natalie Fensand said she
"flipped out" when she found an inappropriate note from her
daughter to her 12-year-old son. She immediately called the Department of Human Services in
Faribault County [...]
Fensand hoped to get a counselor for the kids who would reinforce
boundaries. But what her son got was the juvenile equivalent of a felony
conviction, which placed him on the sex offender registry as an adult
and ultimately lengthened his Iowa prison sentence when, at age 21, he
had sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend.
[... ... ...]
A victim in the law's eyes, Lacie Bruegger, said she lost her best
friend when her brother was removed from the home for four years of
inpatient treatment and foster care. "We did a little touching, and it was over," said Lacie,
now 19 [...].
Sex offender laws criminalizing children
- Unintentional wrinkle in sex offender hysteria -
forensicpsychologist.blogspot.com, October 10, 2008
A 15-year-old Ohio girl may have to register as a sex offender for
next 20 years - until she is 35 years old! - because she had the
judgment to share with her friends some nude photos of herself that she
took with her cell phone. The girl's friends may also be charged in the case.
Maybe, instead of just thinking about getting votes, legislators
have been thinking a bit more carefully and deeply when they drafted all
these laws, because this high school girl is far from a fluke.
'Sex Offender' Laws are Insane! : Kids Bearing Burden of Hysteria
-R.L. Davis, seattle.indymedia.org, October 20, 2008
I'm talking about our war
against sex offenders. It's gone off the deep end - it's being taken to
absurd ends - and no one seems to care. We're targeting the very
innocence these laws are designed to protect.
It's a bizarre paradox where
they are too innocent to choose sex, but mature enough to choose be sex
The definition of sex offender has been expanded to the point of
so broad, its meaningless. [...]
This does nothing to promote justice or make our children any safer,
in fact, has the opposite effect. [...]
And in many cases, it is the State who is the real threat [...].
Marshall: Let 13-year-olds have sex
- Scotland's children's commissioner thinks sex between 13 to
15-year-olds should be de-criminalised as part of a reform of rape and
sexual assault laws -
Tom Gordon, The Sunday Times, May 11, 2008
Scotland's children's commissioner is calling for the age of consent
to be lowered to 13 for sexual partners of similar ages.
[...] “It is perverse to use laws designed to protect children in order
to punish the children themselves.”
[... But ...] The Christian Institute said de-criminalisation would be “extremely