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  •  I'm very sorry. (0+ / 0-)

    What happened to YOU calls for very serious consequences.  That's horrible and I'm very sorry that happened. It would have been horrible no matter what genders were involved. I hope you have received support and help.

    Surely you see that there is a huge difference between a 15 year old (in this case) and a seven year old (in your case). Also, the developmental distance in age between 7 and 13, and the difference in power, is radically different than the 2-and-a-half years separating these 2 consenting peers in the story. One was not the other's babysitter, she was a peer in all social respects. If the elder girl had been 30, the law in most states would regard it quite differently. If the younger had been 10, the law would view it differently. There are reasons for this that I hope you can understand.

    "Romeo and Juliet" exceptions exist in the law, and I do think a "Juliet and Juliet" exception should be available to this young woman, and it's something both women are asking for.

    And yes, men can get STD's from women, but women rarely get them from women, which was my point. Penile penetration (of males or females) introduces a whole new level of physical risk from sexual activity. Check any study on that one.

    I would never argue that most hetero relationships are abusive, nor that no same-sex relationships are. I would not argue that women never do abusive things to men or other women. It remains true that well over 90% of all sexual violence is perpetrated by males (upon males and females), no matter what study you look at. To me, that is not inconsequential, and it contributes to, and reflects, very real power dynamics in the culture.

    If you can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people. --Tony Benn

    by rhetoricus on Mon May 20, 2013 at 07:37:53 PM PDT

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