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    An 18 year old girl has been charged with statutory rape for having sex with a 14 year old girl. The parents of the 14 year old girl warned the 18 year old several times to stay away before she was arrested because she didn't comply. Now the parents of the 18 year old have started a "Free Kate" social media campaign to get the charges dropped. Should she be treated differently because it is a lesbian relationship? Do you think if she had been an 18 year old boy the parents would have reacted differently? Or do you think that as her parents believe she was singled out because it was a lesbian relationship?


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    I've been following this story somewhat. I (so far) haven't seen any evidence that she is being treated differently than a boy would be in her position. I have heard and read many similar stories with opposite sex couples.

    I think it is truly sad for this 18-year-olds life to be ruined forever over a consensual relationship. I kind of agree with Kaitlyn's mom that the situation should have been handled between the parents, outside of court.

    In general, I struggle with this law a little. I understand the intent, I guess, but it is just crazy to me that if an 18 year old and 16 year old (for example) are dating, the 18 year old can be charged with a felony and labeled a sex offender.
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    I don't think she is being treated differently for being a lesbian, but maybe for being a girl. I don't think there would be a "Free Kevin" campaign.

    I do think that this should have been handled by the parents, but it wasn't and it is the law and she was informed of the law.

    I wouldn't want my 14 year old dating a 18 year old in any capacity, straight or gay. I think that is an inappropriate age gap at those ages. With that said, I do think the laws can tend to be very harsh when it was a consensual relationship. I think that needs to be considered in judgement.
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    I agree in that I would not want my 14 year old to date an 18 year old regardless of the gender. Legally, I think she is being treated the same as if it was a heterosexual couple as I think it should be. It being a same sex couple is getting it more media attention, but in my opinion, the laws for statutory rape should apply for both same sex and straight couples. As for a felony for a consensual relationship, I am not sure if a lasting record is best but I do think there should be consequences. There are good reasons why it is against the law for an adult to have sex with a child.

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    She should absolutely be treated the same as a man would have. 18 to 14 is way to big of an age gap.
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    I agree she should be treated the same.

    I have trouble with these laws though. I haven't read too much on this case but a lot of times I find that parents only ask for this to be prosecuted, not because of age differences, but because of other undesired factors like same sex relationships, relationships that become sexual etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    relationships that become sexual etc.
    Just to clarify, but isn't that the point? I would think most parents turn someone in for Statutory rape because the relationship became sexual. (I have a headache, and might be misunderstanding what you said)

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    What I meant by that is that I have read of many parents and guardians who were fine with the dating relationship but 6 months or so down the road when they find out that their teen is having sex with partner then they become irate and they backlash into filing a rape charge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    What I meant by that is that I have read of many parents and guardians who were fine with the dating relationship but 6 months or so down the road when they find out that their teen is having sex with partner then they become irate and they backlash into filing a rape charge.
    I might be ok with my 14 year old having a non physical relationship with an 18 year old. I do not think that is against the law. What is against the law is when it does become physical.

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    Either I'm okay with my 14 year old being in a relationship with an 18 year old or I'm not. My thought is that there is a likelihood that they will have a sexual relationship at some point and I'm either okay with that or I'm not. (I'm not saying that I'm going to be happy my 14 year old is having sex but I mean I wouldn't pursue legal action if I already was okay with their dating relationship)
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