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  •  Homophobia isn't the issue here (3+ / 0-)
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    wesmorgan1, mrsgoo, sewaneepat

    I am not a lawyer

    The age of consent in FL is 18, with a Romeo and Juliet exception for couples where the younger is 16 or 17 and the elder not more than 23. (Florida Statute 794.05)

    Any adult, regardless of gender or sexual preference, having sexual intercourse of any kind with a 15 year old in that state is committing a crime.

    Whatever the motivations of the parents in reporting it, the law itself is written in a gender neutral way. It should be applied fairly. And if the allegations made in the diary are accurate, there is every reason to convict.

    For the parents of either participant to know and not report would make them culpable in the abuse (Yes, abuse by the legal definition).

    I don't like the law, but it isn't written in a discriminatory fashion nor does the diary provide evidence that it is being applied in a discriminatory way.

    This is what equality looks like.

    Show and don't tell. Demonstrate your point rather than explaining your point. -Rachael Maddow

    by galvarn on Sat May 18, 2013 at 09:34:54 PM PDT

    •  Wait, what? (3+ / 0-)

      Do you mean that if you were the parent of a high schooler in a situation like this and you found out that your kid was dating and had been intimate with with a (younger or older) classmate, you would take that information and go directly to the police with it? Even if you knew it was consensual, and despite the fact that you "don't like the law?" which I've taken to mean you don't think the law is altogether fair?

      You would destroy your kids' life just because the (blockheaded) law says such pairings are always, always, always abusive? Or is it just because the law is the law and you always follow the law?

      You'd actually bring none of your own judgment or nuanced knowledge of the situation to bear before bringing in the authorities? "Honey, that's a touching story, but I have to call the cops on you now. By law you're not allowed to have a relationship like that at your age. So I have to report you. Sorry!"

      Whatever the motivations of the parents in reporting it, the law itself is written in a gender neutral way. It should be applied fairly. And if the allegations made in the diary are accurate, there is every reason to convict.
      Seriously, would this still be your view if it were your own daughter's future at stake? Can you honestly say you'd want to see her convicted because the letter of the law says she must be guilty? Even if you knew in your heart she was an just an innocent girl who, believing herself "in love," engaged in some sexual experimentation with a classmate, as many of us--perhaps even you--did in high school?

      But never mind that, just call the cops, and throw her in the slammer, and pin a sex offender label on her to boot? You would do that, go that route, no hesitation, no two ways about it--just because you found out about your child's first or early foray into sexual behavior and you didn't want to run afoul of the (idiotic) law?  

      God bless our tinfoil hearts.

      by aitchdee on Sun May 19, 2013 at 01:32:50 AM PDT

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      •  We don't really know if the parents did in (0+ / 0-)

        fact or not weigh all the points you made and make the decesion to call the cops.  There may circumstances we are not aware of.  We are only getting one side of the story.  I've seen no quotes (been looking for them) by the parents of the 15 year old.

        Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

        by thestructureguy on Sun May 19, 2013 at 06:37:38 AM PDT

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