Monday, July 16, 2012

18-year-old man punished for raping 14-year-old girl, and this is somehow a travesty of justice

Anyone with any knowledge of sexual assault knows how rare and how difficult it is for a sexual predator to go to prison. But sometimes it happens, as with Ken Thornsberry, who was first given probation and then locked away for 15 years after violating the terms of his probation. But this is a terrible, terrible thing! At least according to Judy Molland in an article on

Didn't you all know? 18-year-olds fucking 14-year-olds is totally okay! I mean, they're practically the same age! Exactly at the same level! There's no power dynamic at all and now a poor 18-year-old sexual predator - I mean, dumb kid falling in love - is going to go jail for violating the terms of his probation, which was to fuck - I mean, make love to - the same 14-year-old. And, you know, it's half her fault anyway because she contacted him, and besides! According to one commenter, "girls mature faster than boys do". I mean, that's a well-known fact! A 14-year-old is at the exact same level as an 18-year-old man because "boys are four years behind"! Or maybe it's five, or six, or ten.

The fact of the matter is that "girls mature faster than boys do" places a heavy burden on young girls since it excuses boys, but simultaneously is insulting to young men who would never take advantage of someone's younger age. There is a huge power dynamic between a 14-year-old and an 18-year-old regardless of either's sex. One is just leaving elementary school or just going into secondary school, while the other is leaving secondary school or is in post-secondary school or has a job. The younger cannot legally vote, drink, drive, smoke, fight for zir country, participate in pornography, live on zir own, marry without parental consent, or even enter a sex shop. However, the older can vote, drive, fight for zir country, participate in pornography, live on zir own, marry, and certainly enter a sex shop.

There should be no debate on whether there's a sufficient power dynamic to deny an 18-year-old "sex" with a 14-year-old, and there certainly should not be an outcry against punishing an 18-year-old for doing such.

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