I think statutory rape laws should be changed. Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the US, impregnated a 15 year old girl when he was in his forties. John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, married a 16 year old girl when he was in his thirties. James Madison, 4th President of the US, dated a 15 year old girl when he was in his thirties. I have a hard time believing that girls of that age back then were more ready for sexual relations than they are today. In fact, the opposite is probably true. I notice in discussions with people about the topic that some people make no distinction between statutory rape and forcible rape. To them the distinction doesn't matter and someone who had an intimate relationship with a 16 or 17 year deserves to be just as harshly punished as someone who raped another person at knife point. That doesn't make a lot of sense to me.
Last edited by Galileo; 05-22-2010 at 03:17 PM.
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-Justice Stevens on the Heller ruling