« on: November 22, 2011, 06:55:15 PM »
It is certainly an emotionally charged topic but that doesn't prevent rational discussion of it.
As already said, adults engaging in sexual behavior with adolescents/underage boys or girls is wrong and there is no rational or moral defense to such acts since it is clearly predatory.
The issue of sex between teenagers where one is over and the other under the legal age of consent (or even where they are both over the age of consent just barely or both under it depending on which set of state laws apply) presents a very different set of issues that are much more complicated and difficult to deal with.
A lot of that mess and the legal/legislative backlash contained in the current sex offender laws was motivated by some notorious date rape and sometimes gang rape at a party and/or in a party environment cases where the offenders were caught 'red handed' by evidence of their dicks being where they shouldn't have been. It's no secret that some teenage or younger boys do things to get young girls drunk or drugged up in order to get laid when at a party/club/wherever to prey on intoxicated girls in order to get their rocks off. No matter the age of the boy or girl, when sex occurs while the young girl is heavily intoxicated/under the influence of something and would not otherwise consent, it is rape and the boy(s) that do it are sexual predators/deviants.
I'm sure most people that read this board have been at parties/a club/etc. where a girl gets wasted and would be very easy to take advantage of. A big indicator of the moral fiber of dudes is how they behave when in that type of situation. Any guy, no matter his age, that takes advantage of the girl in such circumstances is by definition a sexual predator and should be prosecuted and put in the lifetime sex offender registry since if they are willing to do it once, they will probably do it again given the opportunity. The guys with a moral compass pointing in the correct direction will not take advantage of and hopefully will try to protect the girl somehow.
Here is one of many news articles about a sickening case where a few teenage guys gang raped an intoxicated girl at a house party while the parents were out of town. It's even more disgusting because the party was at the house of the assistant Sheriff of the county at the time and one of the rapists was his son, Gregory Haidl.
Sex between young people that are in a relationship and/or it is clearly consensual/agreed to with clear minds is a different story. Most prosecutors usually take all these things into account when evaluating/weighing the available evidence and statements while deciding how to deal with the case. There are not that many boyfriend girlfriend consensual sex cases where the boyfriend was unfairly convicted and given the lifetime scarlet letter.