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who fuel the fire of fear and hatred for children who violate sex laws

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Teen Mother Ruled a Sex Offender
KUTV, Salt Lake City
Dec. 31, 2005
A Utah judge's refusal to dismiss a sexual abuse allegation against a 13-year-old girl and her 12-year-old boyfriend leaves the teens in the position of each being both a victim and a perpetrator in the same offense.

Everything You Don't Want to Know About Your Kid’s Sex Life
New York Magazine
Nov. 21, 2005
To figure out what teens are up to when their parents aren’t watching, we gave 53 boys and 47 girls from four Manhattan high schools a "purity test." Have you ever had sex with someone younger than 16? 25 said yes. Have you ever taken pictures during sex or sexual activity? 15 said yes. Have you ever had sex in a public place? 15 said yes.

Kids As Young as 12 Put On Kansas Sex Offender Website
KAKE-TV, Wichita
Nov. 16, 2005
Just playing doctor could put your child on the Kansas sex offender website.

Seminar Spotlights State Laws on Teen Sex
Augusta Chronicle, SC
Nov. 15, 2005
All three girls, who were originally listed as victims, have been charged with fornication... Conviction of criminal sexual conduct is punishable up to 20 years in prison, and requires registration as a sex offender for life.

Case challenges child-sex laws
Indianapolis Star
Oct. 30, 2005
When underage children engage in sexual activity with each other, they sometimes face criminal charges that can follow them into their adult lives, even when no physical force or threat of force is involved. Henry Karlson, an Indiana University law professor says ignorance of the laws or how they might be applied is no excuse, even for young children.

Sex assaults among children went unnoticed for months
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Oct. 6, 2005
The sexual play had gone on for months, often while unaware adults were in the area. The children generally did not think they were doing anything wrong, records show and authorities said. James, 9 years old, was charged in a Children's Court petition with three counts of first-degree sexual assault. He appeared Wednesday before Children's Court Judge Thomas Cooper looking confused and scared. James had offered a 10-year-old boy a quarter and an opportunity to jump on his trampoline if he would hold the 6-year-old girl down.

Guidance on sexually active children will do more harm than good, says BMA, UK
Medical News Today
Oct. 5, 2005
Advice that doctors should routinely report to police sexual activity of youngsters under the age of 13 must be withdrawn, say doctors leaders. Writing in BMA News, medical ethics committee chairman Michael Wilks says new guidelines from the multiagency London Child Protection Committee could actually harm those children and young people it was designed to help.

Child sex act raises questions about abuse
The Enterprise, Brockton, MA
Aug. 12, 2005
You can't help but be deeply disturbed by news that an 11-year-old girl performed a sex act on three boys, including a 9-year-old. Beyond the emotions felt for those involved in the incident reported this week in Brockton, parents who read about the case are likely to wonder what their own children are being exposed to and whether this could happen to them.

8-Year-Old Charged For Sexual Conduct
KUTV, Salt Lake City, UT
July 28, 2005
A mother is upset after a 14-year-old babysitter engaged in sexual conduct with her eight-year-old boy, and the eight-year-old was charged with lewd conduct with a minor.

Sex offender registry challenged again
Kansas City Star
June 29, 2005
The latest challenge contends the law is unfair because it applies the same lifetime registration requirements to all sex offenders - whether a violent rapist or a teenager who consensually fondled a younger teen.

What punishment fits crimes of young sex offenders?
Gainesville Sun, FL
June 12, 2005
Social worker Laura Ahearn, executive director of Parents for Megan's Law said, 'We're too soft on juvenile offenders...they should be sentenced as adults.
Kindergartners Accused of Having Sex at School
KGBT-TV, Harlington, TX
April 19, 2005
A shocking story surfacing within the La Joya School District has many parents on edge. Police say two six-year old boys were performing sexual acts on each other, on campus. There was a police report taken on the incident that happened April 1.  Two parents complained because the little boys were only given counseling and a brief in-school suspension. Child Protective Services was also notified about the incident.

Should Kids Be Listed as Sex Offenders?
ABC News
March 30, 2005
Shawn Murphy was just 13 when he committed the crime. When he turned 18, in accordance with Iowa law, his name was posted on the state's sex offender registry Web site.

Men want names off sex register
Detroit News
March 11, 2005
"These kids are told if they participate in this program, they won't have a criminal record," Lazar said. "But some didn't know that they would have to register and it would follow them around for a long time. This ruins kids' lives." The number of juveniles on the list is 2,316.

Three-part series in the Texas Examiner
Part 1 - Branded for Life
Feb. 24, 2005
Many parents do not know that consensual sex, even when the female is the initiator, is currently being punished by the State of Texas based solely on the difference in ages.

Part 2 - Attorneys deal with what is law
March 3, 2005
"As a prosecutor, my sense is that at least half of the cases of child sexual assault filed with the district attorney’s office involved consensual sex..."

Readers respond to story of young lives ruined

Part 3 - Perp & victim bonded for life
March 10, 2005
Nikki Rodriguez, 24 is the "victim." The "perpetrator" is her husband and only boyfriend, Frank Rodriguez, 27.
Readers respond

1st-Graders Suspended in Sex Case
Indianapolis Star
Jan. 6, 2005
IPS police and Marion County child protection workers are investigating an incident involving two first-graders officials said were caught trying to have sex Wednesday at an Eastside school.

Why Is Genarlow Wilson in Prison?
Atlanta Magazine
Jan. 1, 2005
After a wild New Year’s Eve party, six Douglasville teens found themselves charged with child molestation under a legal technicality. The boy who refused to take a plea now faces a decade behind bars.

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