Its happening more and more and no one likes to face the fact, teenagers are fully capable of making their own decisions about sex. Despite the masses wanting to ignore the reality, the legal system is slowly being forced to face it. But this isn’t something they are yet ready to admit.
It is roughly estimated that 20% of teenagers have engaged in some sort of sexting where they have sent explicit photos of themselves to someone else.
In one instance in 2016, a 16 year old boy was confronted by his school for having recorded a video of himself and another person having sex. The boy was told that he could be facing charges of child pornography and have to be put for life on the registered sex offender list. A few hours after the school confronted him about the issue, he committed suicide.
Last year a 14 year old girl was brought up on child pornography laws for sending a nude picture of herself to another student. The ACLU is representing the girl in court and arguing that the laws were supposed to be to protect children from predators, not turn every teen into a predator themselves because the law is unforgiving about age of consent.
The ACLU argues that a person cannot be a predator and victim to themselves.
Another case making headlines is a man who is facing 15 to 30 years in prison. And what for? When he was 20, his girlfriend was 17. Today, he is 27 and he is 24. In the state of Ohio where they lived, 16 is the legal age of consent.
However the federal law defines child pornography as any sexually explicit photos taken of a person under the age of 18.
The girl admits the photos were entirely taken with consent but again the law is unforgiving about consent or age of adulthood defined by any state.
So this man, is facing 15 to 30 years and registering as a sex offender.