Kentucky Bill Would Raise Age of Consent

There are 20 comments on the Nov 29, 2007, Newsday story titled Kentucky Bill Would Raise Age of Consent. In it, Newsday reports that:

Reacting to the case of a high school band teacher accused of having sex with a student, a Kentucky lawmaker has become the latest state legislator to propose changing a law governing the age of consent.

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Dave

Miami, FL

#2 Nov 30, 2007
Stopping the teachers from having sex with 16 years will not stop the 11-16 year-olds from having sex with other 11-16 year-olds.

Parents always want to stop their kids (i.e. daughters) from having sex. The bottom line is that you can't legislate abstinence. Teenagers are programmed by hundreds of millions of years of evolution to screw. No state law is going to change that.

The promiscuity of teenagers is a social problem. It can only be solved with a social solution. We need to change our culture, not our laws.

The social problem is that we prolong childhood to an unnatural long age. A mere 150 years ago, a 16 year-old was considered an adult and expected to earn a living. A century ago, the age was 18. In the 1970s, 21 was an adult.

By the time I was in college (the 1990s), people didn't consider themselves adults or act like them until they graduated from college at 22. Today, the Millennials (Gen Y) said adulthood starts at 26. This is just plain ridiculous.

We just keep lowering the standards and raising the age of responsibility. This is a terrible trend.
TNT

Ocilla, GA

#3 Dec 26, 2007
Dave wrote:
Stopping the teachers from having sex with 16 years will not stop the 11-16 year-olds from having sex with other 11-16 year-olds.
Parents always want to stop their kids (i.e. daughters) from having sex. The bottom line is that you can't legislate abstinence. Teenagers are programmed by hundreds of millions of years of evolution to screw. No state law is going to change that.
The promiscuity of teenagers is a social problem. It can only be solved with a social solution. We need to change our culture, not our laws.
The social problem is that we prolong childhood to an unnatural long age. A mere 150 years ago, a 16 year-old was considered an adult and expected to earn a living. A century ago, the age was 18. In the 1970s, 21 was an adult.
By the time I was in college (the 1990s), people didn't consider themselves adults or act like them until they graduated from college at 22. Today, the Millennials (Gen Y) said adulthood starts at 26. This is just plain ridiculous.
We just keep lowering the standards and raising the age of responsibility. This is a terrible trend.
Are you sure you don't have any warrants out for your arrest?
Judge Roy Bean

Chicago, IL

#6 Dec 26, 2007
just hang the child molesters
Sun Of The Beach

Stratford, CT

#7 Dec 26, 2007
Simple Solution. Tatoo their crime on their faces and make removal of the tatoo punishable by life in prison in solitary confinement. In China 200 years ago they did not believe in jails. Scum like this were either quickly dispatched or tatooed. I agree with their methods, although I believe they were too moderate.
Omnes

South Windsor, CT

#8 Dec 27, 2007
Well stated Dave. May I suggest that everyone read "The Death of the Grown-Up" by Diana West. Read it and then consider what action you will take.
Parent

London, KY

#9 Dec 28, 2007
Raise it, to at least 18. Maybe then then the pedophiles will get a clue, a moral bone, or some ethics at least. Might teach by example too-to our next generations, that we still need to rely on common sense and decency in this old world , ie: life requires more than just some anarchial set of hormones to survive.
Shecky Goldstein

Bronx, NY

#10 Dec 28, 2007
Sex is so taboo already. We should just lower the age of consent to 14 across the board.
Newman

Girard, OH

#11 Dec 28, 2007
If there's grass on the field - PLAY BALL!!!
overthehill

United States

#12 Dec 28, 2007
Looking at some of today's sixteen year olds, one wonders how they can dress like strumpets and expect to be treated like little girls.
They are encouraged by the media, their peers, and in some cases, their parents to appear as sexually mature.
A very dangerous situation.
dano cicciaro

Brooklyn, NY

#13 Dec 28, 2007
Newman wrote:
If there's grass on the field - PLAY BALL!!!
and if there isn't you can flip them over and play in the mud
mr ha ha

Tinley Park, IL

#14 Dec 28, 2007
why congress will be outraged about this they like them 12 and 13 year olds ...
RACE

Hialeah, FL

#15 Dec 28, 2007
I clicked the link above for the full story...Got some story about teachers in New Mexico....
Noticer

Stratford, CT

#16 Dec 28, 2007
Parent wrote:
Raise it, to at least 18. Maybe then then the pedophiles will get a clue, a moral bone, or some ethics at least. Might teach by example too-to our next generations, that we still need to rely on common sense and decency in this old world , ie: life requires more than just some anarchial set of hormones to survive.
The PEDOPHILES won't get any more of a clue than they already have and always HAVE had that they shouldn't target CHILDREN for sex.

YOUNG ADULTS, on the other hand, will get the clue that laws continuously raising the age of consent to ridiculous extents are increasingly outlawing normal sexual behavior - such as 25-year-olds, for instance, coupling with teenagers.

Frankly, if I were a young adult of, say, 16 or 17, I'd take great exception to being classified along with the mentally handicapped as being incapable of making my own choices when it comes to sex. I also wouldn't give a rat's arse about those laws, as I'm sure most do not.

There is a whole world of difference between pedophilia - sexual activity with an actual child - and statutory rape - sexual activity with a willing and often eager young adult. There is also a whole world of difference between forcible rape and statutory rape - which is a technicality based on rather aribtrarily opposed age factors - though news headlines inflammatorily call it all "rape" as if they are one and the the same thing.

Raising the age of consent well beyond where nature intended sexual activity to begin will only result in still more people who pose no danger to society being thrown in prison and ostracized when they get out. What an enlightened society.
Restore decency

London, KY

#17 Dec 29, 2007
Raise it to 18, for those over 21, 21 being the legal age for everything else. And promote morals, responsible behavior for SELF and population control for kids with parents that won't, or let them (the parents) raise all the nations out of wedlock children. Having children was once revered for those that were married, and ready to take on the RESPONSIBLITY. Babies AREN'T teddy bears, nor should they be USED as ANY sort of leverage for ANYthing! Raise the bars back up again, to expect responsible behavior from our future generations.
R3d33m0r

Clarkson, KY

#18 Apr 24, 2008
I'm reading this and thinking why argue over it, it's not going to do anything about it. If you think about it if you raise the age of consent it will just make them want to do it more, if you lower it, it will just mean they can act on it easily. Either way it will just encourage the young generation to think "It's illegal so lets do it and break the law." Why?, because they would think its a thrill to do. Just make chastity belts for every one under the legal age and slap them on them until they get there! That would be the easiest way to do it period!
DemLover

Seattle, WA

#19 Apr 24, 2008
What krap! 13 year olds are banging like crazy today! Changing the laws will just mean that they will be breaking them more often.
lillie

Glasgow, KY

#20 Jun 11, 2008
DemLover wrote:
What krap! 13 year olds are banging like crazy today! Changing the laws will just mean that they will be breaking them more often.
i completely agree with this there is many kids in school today that are only in 5th and 6th grade talking about screwing people. i'm a senior in high school and when i got with my boyfriend i made him wait 13 months before we screwed and i lost my virginity. i was just turning 16 at the time and i didn't consider the law. i was responsible about it and many kids may not but around this age we are past puberty pretty much and we want to explore and feel things, and if the law was raised to 18 it would make kids want to have sex sooner because it seems like we are being held back from something. but just because the laws change our actions won't... and if the opportunity is there that we can have sex we may not rush because we are going to feel that we have all the time in the world because its open to us. i think that if it bothers so many people then they should just educate their kids so that if it does happen then their kids will be responsible about it and be honest about it. because like most teens we will do stuff to make our parents mad and make it look like what we do isn't all that bad...and in this senario we know that our parents want to know about it and we will argue a point to where having sex isn't that big of a deal..JUST TALK ABOUT IT INSTEAD OF PUSHING THE RESPONSIBLILITY OFF.
Hooper

Delray Beach, FL

#21 Jun 11, 2008
Get a life. The age of consent was that way for many many years. And now because of "bad publicity" they have to cave into this PC crap? Raise it to 21? Are you insane? Ya every case of a kid in college having sex will now be rape.

You people are a joke.
Dick Cheney

United States

#22 Jun 11, 2008
Where's the bill to stop inbreeding?
Rodney D

United States

#23 Jun 11, 2008
Newman wrote:
If there's grass on the field - PLAY BALL!!!
I broke my bat!!!

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