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Sexting: Legalize Or Demonize

In February, a story was brought to my attention about Indiana’s new practice of charging teens with child pornography and placing them on the Registered Sex Offender list. I posted it along with my thoughts on how this makes a mockery of the Registry and punishes teens for making a stupid mistake. Since then, other cases have cropped up around the country with other states following Indiana’s example.

Someone recently sent me this link about a law VT is pushing for to make sexting legal.

Vermont Considers Legalizing Teen ‘Sexting’

Monday, April 13, 2009

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Legislature is considering a bill that would legalize so-called “sexting” between teenagers.

Sexting refers to the exchange of explicit photos and videos via mobile phone. Under current laws, participants can be charged with child pornography, but lawmakers are considering a bill to legalize the consensual exchange of graphic images between two people 13 to 18 years old. Passing along such images to others would remain a crime.

Supporters told The Burlington Free Press they don’t want to condone the behavior but they don’t think teenagers should be prosecuted as sex offenders for consensual conduct.

The bill passed the state Senate earlier this month. The House Judiciary Committee will hear testimony on it this week.

Rob is afraid this is the beginning of a slippery slope that will permit 18 year olds, who are clearly legal adults in cases of sex and statutory rape, to prey on children and perhaps even extending that age to 21 or even over that. I have to agree.

The consensus among sexual predators is that anyone who hits puberty is automatically ready for sex and completely of the right mind to consent to sex with anyone older, including 18 year olds, 25 year olds, even 45 and 50 year olds. If these predators had it their way, the new laws making sexting legal would include them.

Normal people see the absurdity in believing 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, or even 16 year olds can rightfully consent to sex with much older men. Adults who prey on this particular age group, however (Hebephilia and Ephebophilia), will ferociously argue the young one is completely developed mentally and developed enough physically for a “healthy” sexual relationship with an adult. It’s their justification for raping/molesting kids, to put it bluntly.

I see where Rob is coming from because 18 is clearly over the Age Of Consent (AOC) in all states. Therefore, by allowing an 18 year old to possess sexually explicit or even mildly nude photos of anyone under that AOC (especially 13, 14, or 15), Vermont is completely throwing the AOC laws out the window and permitting blatant disregard for that line the government has set as never okay to cross. Vermont is legalizing child pornography.

Quite frankly, I cannot help but wonder if this is some law maker’s way of stirring up trouble for those who only asked for common sense in punishing teens passing on such photos. Either that or this is a purposeful step in the direction of the above mentioned adults manipulating the system to eventually have child porn legalized. It isn’t a far step if you’ve seen the tactics we have. They will nudge at the line little by little until what at first becomes blurred eventually becomes non-existent.

Makes one wonder why Vermont included “18” in that age range, and just who was responsible and who will be in support.

April 13, 2009 - Posted by | Dangerous Trends, Law, Sexting

1 Comment »

  1. I have to say that this is a very scary prospect. I agree that it is a slippery slope. The predators must be dancing in their living rooms over this! I wouldn’t be surprised if their population starts to spike if this law goes through… if the predators think there could be a foothold where the current lines can further be blurred, they may go at it in force. Vermonters Beware!

    Personally, I think that it’s a completely stupid idea to make it LEGAL at all. Children engaging in this sort of behavior should suffer some consequences, although not to the extreme of putting them on the RSO. This is merely encouraging the behavior. Not to mention that if they’re sending these pictures to *adults*, the *adults* should be held accountable unless they report the behavior. If they’re not reporting the behavior to the parents of the child or the police, or are keeping the pictures, they should be charged with applicable CP laws.

    This VT law would be nothing short of a victory for predators, and a HUGE step back for those of us who fight them.

    Comment by DF | April 14, 2009 | Reply

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