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  •  Crazy law?? (1+ / 0-)
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    When did stat rape become a "crazy law"?  The teen wasn't brought up on charges for being a lesbian, she was brought on charges for STAT RAPE.

    Something this site is usually opposed to.

    Minority rights should never be subject to majority vote.

    by lostboyjim on Sun May 19, 2013 at 08:42:05 AM PDT

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    •  This site usually conceives of statutory rape (3+ / 0-)
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      lostboyjim, acerimusdux, pfiore8

      as involving large age differences (e.g. the FLDS cases). In reality, there's a HUGE difference between that and two high school kids making out or even going all the way.

      I suspect the people who are most vocal about lumping everything together are survivors of genuinely predatory behavior and have developed PTSD triggers involving anything to do with sex and adolescents.

      Sometimes truth is spoken from privilege and falsehood is spoken to power. Good intentions aren't enough.

      by ebohlman on Sun May 19, 2013 at 12:42:11 PM PDT

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    •  Yes they are crazy laws (1+ / 0-)
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      First off, they aren't "statutory rape" laws in Florida.  The charge here is lewd or lascivious battery.  

      But the whole idea that consensual sex with a minor should be treated the same as violent non-consensual sex is also crazy.  That doesn't mean it should be legal, just that it isn't the same kind of crime and doesn't warrant the same treatment.  

      In addition, the idea that consensual sex between two minors is a felony is also crazy.

      Some other Florida laws:

      Consensual sex with a minor under 12 is punishable by death.
      Molestation of a minor under 12 is punishable by life imprisonment.
      Adultry is a misdemeanor.
      Lascivious cohabition of an unmarried couple is a misdemeanor.
      Advertising or publishing information as to where an abortion may be obtained is a misdemeanor.

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