According to Facebook and MySpace profiles, of persons under the age of 18-years, the predominant theme is of a provocative nature. Teens are promoting sexual images of themselves in photo text messages, sexting, and online posts. Many parents are aware of the online images and often promote their maturing daughter’s published image.
Both males and females have wrongfully stated their age as 18 and at local bars many have stated their age is 21 to enter. Among males there are very few sexually oriented photographs posted or transferred electronically. However, most of the requests for provocative images come from males.
In these very sexually progressive times, venereal diseases plague society. The spread of disease among teens is due to the same reasons as the occurrence of pregnancy; the cost of product, uninformed participants, and parental influence on access.
There are 23,627,935 teens between 12-17-years of age, in the United States according to the 2011 Census Bureau.
Of all teens age 15-years and younger, over 3.7 million are already sexually active according to the Guttmacher Institute. Only fourteen percent of teens that give birth are married.
Of all sexually active teen females up to the age of 19-years, only sixteen percent state that their first sexual encounter was with someone they just met or a friend. Among males in the same group the result is twenty-eight percent. The remainder was with a steady partner. Seven percent of all sexually active teens state that their first encounter was non-voluntary, approximately 261,000 cases.
Pregnancy is common among unmarried and unprotected sexually active teens. Among those that are 15-17-years, there are 247,500 pregnancies each year and 64,350 abortions according to Guttmacher. However in 2009, teens feeling the pressure of having a child before they finished their education, resulted in 192,090 abortions. As of October 2011, teens are required to have parental consent for an abortion.
The primary reasons for unprotected sex are: cost of product, uninformed participants, and parental influence on access. Considering that over seven percent of unmarried sexually active teens, will become pregnant before the age of 18, resulting in lifelong challenges; it seems prudent to promote consequential advertisements and make condoms accessible to teens.
Parents of sexually active teenagers often are aware of the activities of their child. According to police almost all cases of a parent filing a Statutory Rape case is against the boyfriend of two-four months. Although the younger party may be against the filing, he or she is required to participate in the prosecution against their loved one. The age differences are typically within 4 years. Cases like these cause long-term psychological and emotional damage for the young couple.
Statutory Rape laws vary by state, and designates the age of each participant and the length of time in jail for the accused party. According to police officers almost all of the cases are consensual sex, and the younger party is of or near the state’s minimum age of parental consent marriage.
While the standard across the nation for marriage among teens is 16-years of age with parental consent, in the United States a female can be married in New Hampshire at the age of 13-years, and a male at age 14-years. Similarly, New York, Texas, and North and South Carolina support marriage at 14-years of age with parental consent.
Since the United States supports marriage under the age of 18-years, it concurrently supports underage consensual sex as a result.
Furthermore, according to police, the majority of siting’s of pedophiles found on sites such as FamilyWatchDog.us, are mostly Statutory Rape cases where it involved consensual sex between two persons within 5-years of age.
Depending on which state the consenting parties fornicated, and the age of each of the parties; the eldest party could be sentenced to jail for up to 99-years. The OLR Research Report by Sandra Norman-Eady, Christopher Reinhart, Associate Attorney, and Peter Martino Research Fellow, compiled a list of outcomes for Statutory Rape cases. Among their data they clarify that Statutory Rape is not specifically referred to any longer, instead sexual assault and sexual abuse is used to identify prohibited activity.
As referred to earlier, New Hampshire allows marriage at the age of 13-years, which would therefore promote sexual intercourse before the legal age 18-years, yet under their law unless the person were married, his or her partner could be convicted and jailed for 7-years. Likewise, in New York the convictions are based on a greater than 3-4-year age difference, North Carolina rules are similar to New York’s.
The law has determined that the eldest party in a relationship with a teenager, is responsible for the act of sex due to maturity level and is subject to being incarcerated and registered as a pedophile for the remainder of their life; even in states where the state allows marriages among those that are between the age of 13-17-years of age. Statutory Rape is not specifically referred to any longer, instead sexual assault and sexual abuse is used to identify prohibited activity.
It seems that since there has been a promotion of a hypersexual society that is promoted in every medium, that it is time that the United States separate consensual sex acts from involuntary acts. A maturing child cannot escape the influences of their environment that promotes sexuality which also influences their decisions on chastity.
As long as fashion for the young is beyond their worldly age, and movies and print media deliver revealing images of promiscuous teens the battle over premature sex is lost.
Shows such as Poison Ivy, American Pie, Gossip Girl, we are teaching the young what is acceptable for their age group and causing aspiring young faces to abandon their innocence and want to be accepted among that group we’ve labeled as socially acceptable. Modeling agencies hiring supermodels that are not at least age 18, for revealing shots has a hypocritical tone to the United States message of purity and abstinence. In all of these instances the media is preparing underage teens for the bar of social acceptability among their peers, and that is sex.
It is time that consensual sex incidents be separated from involuntary incidents, for the purpose of determining the term rape. Statutory Rape is a term that has been replaced with sexual abuse and sexual assault. Police reports indicate that the instigation of a filing for Statutory Rape is filed by the parents and almost always was consensual sex with a romantic partner of two-four months who was within 4-years of their own age. This does not seem worthy of destroying the life of the older romantic partner for the satisfaction of the parents or the court system. Furthermore, it doesn’t seem to cure a promiscuous teen of wanting to fornicate before he or she is 18-years of age.
The trauma associated with a grieving young couple brings on depression associated with the court filing may encourage early drug and alcohol use, and psychological disorders. Studies prove that early trauma, causes an onset of depression which manifests into adulthood obsessive compulsive disorders, anxiety, panic disorders, and suicide.
The United States is not doing society a favor when bringing to trial cases of consensual acts of sex when parties are within 4-years of age; especially when the youngest is eligible for marriage in that state. We should be promoting a growing economy which is through furthering the education of those individuals, and ensuring that early sex does not result in unplanned pregnancies with the assistance of 10-year IUD’s, and condoms.
Maybe we need a new punishment and require that promiscuous teens achieve a minimum grade in school through graduation or attend a boarding school in case of failure. It serves the United States no good cause when removing a potentially productive individual from our working society, and limiting his economic outcomes by destroying his livelihood for life because he can’t pass a background check. Prosecuting individuals for consensual sex, lowers the nations overall potential for educational achievement and respectively the percentage of workers earning middle and upper incomes.
Even neighborhoods are affected by the outcomes of convicted consensual sex Statutory Rape cases as those registered individuals pepper the area and are socially chastised.