Vermont bill will make teen sex legal

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The Vermont state Senate has passed a bill that would allow underage teens to have consensual sex without penalty.

The measure, which gained approval Thursday, lowers the age of consent for teenagers who engage in sexual activities. Right now the age of consent in Vermont is 16. This bill says if a 15-year-old consents to sexual acts with anyone up to three years older, that's okay.

The bill is being met with mixed opinions.

Bill Wright, the state attorney in Bennington, says his office is currently handling five cases involving consensual sex between teens. In all cases a parent or guardian brought the case forward even though the two teens consented to engage in sexual acts.

Wright says he's in favor of the bill because prosecuting a case where you have two consenting teens is difficult.

“I found it very hard to look at these cases and decide to prosecute and then try to figure out what was the best way to deal with them,” Wright said.

But Joan Sackalas says this proposed law opens the door for more problems. She's the director of Project Against Violent Encounters.

“What I worry about is one of them will say well it wasn't really consensual and the other one will say ‘Well, yes it was,’ and because there’s the three years suddenly it'll be now, you know, okay,” Sackalas said.

She says this law may frighten some teens from coming forward who feel they were sexually assaulted, but now fall in the new legal age bracket.

But Wright says this law strictly focuses on cases where both teenagers consent.

“It needs to be emphasized that non-consensual intercourse remains a crime regardless,” Wright insisted.

This bill also includes imposing a minimum sentence for people convicted of sexual assault. The governor is expected to sign it into law.

:eek: Are we going to lower it to 13 next? Ten?
 
...you're telling me it was still illegal?

Where the hell is Vermont, Amishville?

Teens are teens, and they're at the peak of sexual prowess. Have at it, you bunny like individuals.
 
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JLBats said:
...you're telling me it was still illegal?

Where the hell is Vermont, Amishville?

Teens are teens, and they're at the peak of sexual prowess. Have at it, you bunny like individuals.
Aren't you 15?
 
dcbmp said:
:eek: Are we going to lower it to 13 next? Ten?


Yes, that's right, the age of consent will lower to before almost all children (barring hormonal disorders) reach puberty :rolleyes:.
 
CConn said:
Aren't you 15?

That's a clever cover story, I'm actually a federal agent.
 
JLBats said:
That's a clever cover story, I'm actually a federal agent.
Your avatar makes me want to hurt things.
 
Blame Last Meatbag.
 
bored said:
Yes, that's right, the age of consent will lower to before almost all children (barring hormonal disorders) reach puberty :rolleyes:.
11-13 year old have sex.
 
Next they will let it be legal for women to vote :rolleyes:....

Jeez when I was that age.......uh, I will save that for another time....
 
Let parents handle this. If a 15 year old has sex with his 16 year old girlfriend, what are you gonna do? Who are you going to punish? Who are we going to send to jail, ruining their future?

I have met many people that had to register as a sex offender because of this. It's insane. It's ridiculous!
 
you know people that had to register because of that?
Damn, I should be on that list in that case
 
I swear I wasn't even aware that there were still places where teenage copulation was illegal.
 
I don't see this as being a huge change, they're just lowering it by a year. I mean, that does make a difference, but it's not like no teens were allowed to have sex before.
 
Carter said:
you know people that had to register because of that?
Damn, I should be on that list in that case

In our country pedophiles get off too easy while statutory offenders get the book thrown at them. It's ridiculous.

T"he prosecutors usually end up causing more physcholigcal damage to the teenagers than the sexual act.
 
no. that is not teen sex as a result of MTV. That is child molestation.
 
Carter said:
you know people that had to register because of that?
Damn, I should be on that list in that case

In my town someone is registered as a sex offender for having consentual sex with his 17 year old girlfriend when he was 18.
 

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