Okay, so a 14-year old girl was hired to baby sit a 8-year old boy. They began playing “Truth-or-Dare”. At some point, she invites him to touch her breast. He does, and later brags about it to his mom. His mom calls the police. The police brought in the DA. The DA charged the BOY with lewdness on a minor. The article doesn’t say if the 14-year old girl was also charged, but the tone is that she wasn’t. The charges were later dropped. This distirbs me in a couple of ways:
- The boy was charge with lewdness on a minor even though he was neary half the girls age.
- That a game of “Truth-or-Dare” can get a kid charged with a crime.
The first goes to a double standard in my society. Girls are innocent; boys are not. If a man has sex with a female minor, he’s sent to jail. If a woman has sex with a male minor, until recently, nothing happened. The former was abuse while the latter was a right of passage. It’s a huge double standard. It is expecially bad when the victum in this case is the senior.
For the second, kids doing any sort of exploration with anything remotly sexual has become a criminal offense. While I don’t condone kids having sex, childhood is about exploring the world and sometimes that will involve touching a girls breast because she asked to. This has happened since the dawn of time and it is only because of this shame our society because we are a puritan group of people that would rather let kids play violent criminals then have anything to do with sexuality.