Age of Consent May Change in South Carolina

A proposal heading for the Senate floor would let voters decide whether to remove a line from the state Constitution that allows 14-year-old girls to consent to sex. Full Story
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THE

Columbia, SC

#1 Apr 4, 2007
How could a 14 year old be able to consent to sex? This is ridiculous. They can't vote, buy cigarettes, beer or wine but they can have sex....How stupid is this. It needs to be changed to 18, 16 is still too young.

“Sick, Twisted Freak”

Since: Feb 07

Columba, SC

#3 Apr 4, 2007
Have the teacher unions been asked for comment yet? I think they will be upset that the state is trying to take their 14 year olds from them. What is the point of being a teacher if you can't bang your 14 year old students? It really seems to be the point as of late. When this comes up for constitutional vote, I think it is great that we will get a percentage of how many people like the idea of having sex with 14 year olds. I think someone should propose that this amendment not be a secret ballot so that we can have names and addresses.
Tracie

Joanna, SC

#4 Apr 4, 2007
I think that it is WRONG for a 14 year old person to be having sex. It is psychological damaging, more so in females. I believe that if we allow something like this to happen the average age for grandmothers would be 35-40. I think it would take a sick mind to allow that to happen.

Thank you,
Tracie
Keep it where its at

Elgin, SC

#6 Apr 4, 2007
I think it should remain at 16. If you look back in your past, I can tell you that many girls and boys are experimenting with sex at that age. At 14 and 15 most teenagers are starting high school, and that is when they start to experiment. Look a litter further back in the past, and it is still done today legally, Teenagers were married at that age. I belive you can sign some paperwork, that allows your children to be married at 15. I don't care what they change the age on consent to, if teenagers want to have sex, they will. However I don't think a 40 year old man or woman should be out looking to have sex with a young teenager. Find someone your own age!
dont get it

Columbia, SC

#7 Apr 4, 2007
This is ridiculous, 14????? At 14 a girl will do anything to get a boy's attention and we all know what boys want, NICE South Carolina, real nice, hey did you guys ever figure out whose going to fix those leaky gas lines underground? Oh yeah, and have you figured out anything about how to control gang violence? Have you figured out anything that relates to public safety? This state is so backwards and it continues to go that way.
dont get it

Columbia, SC

#8 Apr 4, 2007
Tracie wrote:
I think that it is WRONG for a 14 year old person to be having sex. It is psychological damaging, more so in females. I believe that if we allow something like this to happen the average age for grandmothers would be 35-40. I think it would take a sick mind to allow that to happen.

Thank you,
Tracie
It won't be as much psychological as it will be physically damaging in the long run, oh yeah and let's the forget starting the spread of STD's real early.
Margaret Jutice

Camden, SC

#9 Apr 4, 2007
where have the parents been ALL these years? Consent is a choice...some are good,some are really bad..
Southern Girl

West Columbia, SC

#10 Apr 4, 2007
If the law says its okay, then how is a parent to tell a child otherwise?

Prediction: More unwed teen mommies, increase in taxes to ease / offset burden on the welfare system.

Anybody with me on this one?
Bill Goff

United States

#11 Apr 4, 2007
When one's 16 year old daughter consents to sex and gets pregnant, thanks to a 21 year old drop out bum, the girls parent's cannot prosecute him under the current law. Now our representatives believe that 14 year olds should have the "Right To Consent"? Does a 14 year old have any idea what they're consenting to? The last thing a parent needs is to be confronted by a 14 year old pregnant daughter intent upon keeping her child, marrying her Romeo and living happily ever after. If the daughter stays in her parents home guess who gets to raise the grandchild and foot the bills?
Grandmomma

Sheridan, AR

#12 Apr 4, 2007
First of all, I don't think a child of 14 should have sex. But I don't think the law should be changed. What happens if two teenagers get caught having sex ? If the boy is 16 or 17 and the girl is 15, does the boy go to jail ? We have other laws that need to updated. Let's bring the hard labor for felons back.
SLV

West Columbia, SC

#13 Apr 4, 2007
They should raise it to 18 not lower it! What a crock! You can't by beer or cigarettes at 14 but you can legal have sex? That makes no sense!
THE

Columbia, SC

#15 Apr 4, 2007
Bill Goff wrote:
When one's 16 year old daughter consents to sex and gets pregnant, thanks to a 21 year old drop out bum, the girls parent's cannot prosecute him under the current law. Now our representatives believe that 14 year olds should have the "Right To Consent"? Does a 14 year old have any idea what they're consenting to? The last thing a parent needs is to be confronted by a 14 year old pregnant daughter intent upon keeping her child, marrying her Romeo and living happily ever after. If the daughter stays in her parents home guess who gets to raise the grandchild and foot the bills?
The way the law is right now is if your 14 year old daughter got pregnant by a 21 year old bum you can't do anything about it. 14 AND 16 is TOO young!
THE

Columbia, SC

#16 Apr 4, 2007
Keep it where its at wrote:
I think it should remain at 16. If you look back in your past, I can tell you that many girls and boys are experimenting with sex at that age. At 14 and 15 most teenagers are starting high school, and that is when they start to experiment. Look a litter further back in the past, and it is still done today legally, Teenagers were married at that age. I belive you can sign some paperwork, that allows your children to be married at 15. I don't care what they change the age on consent to, if teenagers want to have sex, they will. However I don't think a 40 year old man or woman should be out looking to have sex with a young teenager. Find someone your own age!
You need to re-read the confusing article or just go read what the law book says. The law now says a 14 year old CAN have sex. They are trying to change it so the age is 16 but others feel that it will be in violation of the "equal protection clause". Either way both ages are still too young.
Outraged

Holly Hill, SC

#17 Apr 4, 2007
SC is just protecting their teachers!! I mean come on, many teachers don't want to teach here because of the low pay and poor education standards. Having sex with their students is their only reward for teaching in SC!! SC is just protecting them so they won't get fired!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!
THE

Columbia, SC

#18 Apr 4, 2007
Bill, I told you wrong. Sorry! The law in SC currently states that a girl at least the age of 14 and a boy at least the age of 16 can consent to have sex provided the other partner is no more than 3 years their greater. So a 14 OR 16 year old girl that has sex with a 21 year old IS wrong and he can be prosicuted. SC has the lowest consent age in the United States.
TIRED

Bedford, UK

#19 Apr 4, 2007
THE CONSENT OF SEXUAL AGE OF 14 AND ANY
OTHER AGE SHOULD BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL AS
AS LONG AS THE CHILD IS UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE PARENTS,GUARDIAN, OR
STATE AGENCIES. AND SHOULD NOT INCLUDE
JUST FEMALES BUT MEN AS WELL. LET THE CHILD GROW AND GET HIS OR HER OWN PLACE
TO HAVE THE ACTIVITIES.
Protect Parents

Sumter, SC

#21 Apr 4, 2007
Reading through some of the comments, I noticed that some people believe that this "age of consent" is permission to have sex at 14 and it is going to lead to widespread promiscuity. This is not the case. News flash...most 14 year olds have already been sexually active to some extent.

What lowering the age of consent WILL DO is take the power from parents to prosecute for statutory rape, which will become a problem. It also makes many of these sexual assaults upon minors we've been hearing so much about lately a gray area. Many victims of sexual assault NEVER report the act, but if the age of consent is lowered to 14, even the parents of a 14 year old with knowledge of such an assault will be powerless to protect their child from predators.
Meg

Bunceton, MO

#22 Apr 4, 2007
ec sickened wrote:
<quoted text>
You are one sick, nasty pervert. You ought to have your pecker cut off, shoved down your throat until you suffocate on your own nastiness. I am sure you will rot in hell
Now don't hold back, tell us how you really feel.

But...you are right...he is disgusting....:)
Ken

Sumter, SC

#24 Apr 4, 2007
This says the age of consent could change for 14-year-old girls. What about 14-year-old boys?
Melanie

Greenville, SC

#25 Apr 4, 2007
This is just wrong!!!!! I'm about to give birth to a little girl and I can't think that the government would in give this any thought at all. That's like telling our 14 year old girls that it's ok to have children also. Oh yeah and that last statement that was made by Gowdy "unmarried women", 14 year olds ARE NOT WOMEN, THERE LITTLE GIRLS!!!!!!

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