Back in 2016… when I was 16. I witnessed an equally 16-year-old friend get arrested on school campus.
What was his crime?
He had sex with his 15-year-old girlfriend, her parents found out by looking through her phone and they pressed charges against the boy. Despite his girlfriend refusing the notion that she had been raped, my friend was sentenced to 8 years and will spend the rest of his life on the SOR. our small-town newspaper even had the audacity to call him a ‘‘disturbed pedophile’’.
This event inspired me to start researching U.S sex law and culture and I’ve come to the conclusion that it is garbage.
Sex laws vary from state to state, out of the 50 states only 18 of them have ‘‘Romeo and Juliet laws’’ but these R&J laws still criminalize sex between minors as a ‘‘misdemeanor’’ rather than a ‘‘felony’’. I live in California which not only lacks R&J laws but is also known to have the most draconic sex laws and teens who have sex, get locked up regularly.
I have never had sexual relations with anyone but as a teen, I believe that other people in my age range are being screwed over by a great deal of things, including sex laws.
Despite what modern American parents attempt to enforce, it is an undisputed fact that teens and even ‘‘tweens’’ are horny. This is a side-effect of both puberty and post-puberty. Being extraordinarily horny as a teenager is natural, it is the starting and highest point of human sexuality. Punishing teens for being horny by cracking down on them watching porn, teaching them to avoid masturbation and putting them in jail for having sex with other teens is detrimental to their health and an abuse of human rights.
There is science to prove that allowing and even perhaps encouraging teens to act on their sexual urges may benefit them mentally, it will help reduce stress.
Recently, I have drafted up a legal proposal of sorts after extensive studying in the past few years which correlates to what I believe would be an ideal system of sex laws.
I am well aware that this is not a political forum but this legal proposal is related to my personal belief that some things should only be enforced by the federal government and not the states. These include educational, health, housing and sex laws. This legal proposal would encompass what I view as an ideal system of sex laws that should be enforced by the federal government and encompass all states.
Unknown to many, the federal age of consent is 12. Likewise the federal age of consent has never once been used or respected when involving teens who have sexual relations together. 12 is a good starting number when it comes to an AOC ( Age of Consent ) because it is scientifically accurate as the age that most children begin to exhibit sexual behavior.
My proposal would enforce that once a child turns 12, they are legally permitted to have sexual relations with anyone 2-3 years older than them. This means that at 12, you could have sex with a 15-year-old but not a 16-year-old. Once you turn 15, you can have sex with anyone 18 or younger.
This proposal actually raises the current age of consent to 20. Once you turn 18, you are still limited to having sex with individuals who are 18, 19 and 20. Once you turn 20 however you can have sex with anyone.
I believe that 20 is the proper age of adulthood, 18 and 19 still have a ‘‘teen’’ suffix and by all logical accounts, an 18-year-old and 19-year-old should be declared teens and not adults. They should not be forced to take on adult responsibilities unless they themselves are willing too.
This, of course, should all function in equal with a reformed sex education system which is based on scientific standard and no religious standard. I am supportive of Dr. Jocelyn Elder’s views on the American sex education system. Things like masturbation should be encouraged in teens, not demonized.
I had my first sex-ed class in 5th grade, the classes were separated by genders and neither male or female students learned about the other genders sexual health. The only thing they covered was armpit hair and erections and defecation and urination for some reason and that was all. They did briefly touch on masturbation and told us that masturbating would increase our chances of contracting HIV.
I believe that we should begin sexual education earlier, in Denmark they start sexual education in kindergarten. I don’t believe we should copy this but I think we should use a similar system.
These proposed sex laws and sex education reforms would most certainly have a better impact on children.
However, there is another issue I would like to discuss and that is Teen Pregnancy.
Teen pregnancy is at an all-time low, not because teens are aware of how dangerous it is but rather they are scared into being against teen pregnancy. This system would do a better job at preventing teen pregnancy however I, personally am not against the concept of teen pregnancy, I believe that if teens become parents t they shouldn’t be punished by law or kicked out of their homes and they should be treated with the same level of compassion that any average human should be treated with. Teen parents should also never be denied their highschool graduation certificate based on their presence as teen parents. If both parents are willing to raise the child and have the means to do so, I do not see any problem with it.
I also wish to extend these sex law proposals to the creative department. I do not believe that Loli and Shota should be illegalized and that AOC Laws should have zero influence over any fictional characters and fictional universes.
Is this a good proposal, if not, what should be changed and why?