Posted in the Wilson County Forum
#1 Nov 30, 2008
Is it fair that a 14 year old teen and a 16 year old teen can have sex and yet only the older teen gets felony charges brought against him/her. This is called Unlawful Sexual Relations with a Minor. The age of consent in Kansas is 16. The law states that a child under the age of 16 can not consent to a sexual relationship. If one party of the relationship is 16 or above only the older teen is breaking the law. If both parties of the relationship are 15 or younger both teens are breaking the law and charges can be brought against both. We are talking about a consensual relationship. Both teens have made the effort to have a relationship and have pursued each other.
The 16 year old is arrested and charged with a felony count for each sexual encounter. He/She misses valuable school time and now has a juvenile record to deal with. He/She is kicked off of any and all extra curricular activities at school, a decision that comes from the principal of the school even before a conviction. He/she is placed on house arrest, cut off from all social and family activities. All the while the "too young to consent" teenager is allowed to continue life as they knew; able to go to school and participate in all extra curricular activities, able to continue social activities, etc... Nothing by law is done to keep the "too young to consent" teen from continuing to pursue a relationship with the older teen or any other member of the oppisite sex.
Where is the justice. Yes maybe the older teen "should know better". Maybe the "too young to consent teen" is just a child. We all know that girls and boys are getting more and more sexually aware at a younger age. We all know that girls just as much as boys SEEK and WANT a sexual relationship no matter what age. Although sad where is the justice for the older teen, who is a child themselves.
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