I read an article today about a Bengals cheerleader/teacher being charged with a sex crime for having relations with a 17 year old boy. She was let off on the charges, but it made me question something about our legal system.
How is it that, if a teenager (14-17 years) commits murder, they are old enough to accept the consequences and be tried as an adult for murder, but if they decide to have sex with someone older, they aren't old enough to make that decision on their own?
It seems to me this is a double standard. If the court can rule that a teenager is old enough to understand the repercussions of a crime and charge them as an adult, they can also understand that a teenager is old enough to understand what sex is.
If you ask me, it is messed up. I understand that ADULTS should not be having sex with teenagers. I don't believe it is right, so don't get me wrong. But I do NOT see how a court can rule that a teenager isn't old enough to understand sex and can be taken advantage of, but they ARE old enough to bear the full responsibility of commiting murder in any degree. It's messed up in my eyes.