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  •  what about three years then? (4+ / 0-)
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    mrsgoo, aitchdee, a2nite, JerryNA

    15 and 18?

    IF age of consent is 16 it should still be a misdemeanor but NOT "you are a sex offender" if the other party is within a few years of the "victim" and she says it was consensual (even tho she can't consent at 15).

    Point is we are trying to stop abuse. We can write the laws so they work but don't ruin the lives of teens because of a technicality.

    If he "did everything but raped you", I am sorry that happened. That sounds like assault and that it wasn't consensual. That is illegal regardless of your age or his right? (and also different than the scenarios here where two people close in age and have been dating have sex but one is called a rapist because of a technicality).

    Hope you still don't blame self now. It was the older person's fault,and you made a mistake because you were a kid and had a lapse in judgement to get in that car. I did the same with an older guy when I missed the bus and was desparate not to be late for my job. He drove to his house instead. I freaked out and got out of the car.I was 16. If he'd raped me it'd been my stupid judgement but his fault I figure.

    •  Oh I'm way past that now. I just don't know how (1+ / 0-)
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      we can draw a line in the sand regarding age of consent without running into the "exceptions". That is what makes this such a problem. Your experience at 16 sounds very like something that happened to me at 18. All of it traumatic. I want to fall back on we need far more comprehensive sex education than we have today. Girls need to be taught that saying NO! is ok. Too many mixed signals are in the media. And boys need to be taught that NO means NO!

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      by mrsgoo on Sun May 19, 2013 at 02:28:37 AM PDT

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      •  we can write (0+ / 0-)

        not have "exceptions" to the law itself. I agree that doesn't work. But the law can be written with a three year apart teen exemption because we need to acknowledge the reality that it's normal for teens to day a bit older or younger. Stlll have ages of consent but if close togeather FOR TEENS not kids they needn't be labeled a sex offender.

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