TN appeal could change interpretation of rape law involving AR juvenile

Jan 19, 2013 Full story: KAIT-TV

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A century-old interpretation of Tennessee's statutory rape law could get a new examination by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

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D Gibson

United States

#1 Jan 19, 2013
That can't be right. A victim can be charged with the same crime they were a victim of? Wow.
Social History

La Fayette, KY

#2 Feb 3, 2013
According to the 1895 interpretation (long ignored but still standing) they can. That interpretation came about because back then sex with an underage girl was not the big thing that it is now. Many states did not even have a minimum age of consent law until well into the 20th century. Incest was a big issue back then, however, and if the girl consented she too was considered guilty of the crime.
D Gibson

Chicago, IL

#3 Feb 3, 2013
Dang. I guess it is a matter of interpretation. Still a scary proposition.

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