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Judge Throws Out Sentence in Teen Sex Case

Date: June 11, 2007
Author: Brenda Goodman
QUOTE: A Georgia Superior Court judge today ordered the release of Genarlow Wilson, who has served two years of 10-year prison sentence for having consensual oral sex with another teenager at a party when he was 17.

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Yay! A Flicker of Common Sense

The key word in this case is "consensual".  From time immemorial human beings have engaged in sexual activities...sort of a win-win situation when you think about get to propagate the species and have some fun at the same time.  While current societal structures do little to encourage responsibility during the teen years, human physiology remains undeterred.  Puberty and all of the attendant hormonal changes largely prepare a person for sexual activity.  Does that mean they understand all of potential implications of such behavior?  No, probably not any more than a lot of adults, but nonetheless, they are not "children" when it comes to sexual experimentation.
I believe that questions of minor consent could be better judged on a case-by-case basis with a "grand-jury" of adults addressing the question of "able to consent", pending a finding of "able to consent", with consent being present, case closed.
What in world are we trying to say or do by putting a young man in jail for having some consensual human "fun" with a young woman?  Better watch out!  Soon, nobody will be having sex, then nobody will be having kids, and then the Social Security system will really be in a pickle.

-- Brent Mearz on December 18, 2007 07:13 AM (view details)

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