I was watching the today show today and am shocked at how twisted this world has become. I was watching a story about a couple who had premarital sex when they were in high school. She was 15 and the boy was 19, in TX the age limit is 17 so now he is living his life labeled as a sex offender because her mother turned him in. The kicker is that now, 15 years later, the two of them are married and have 4 kids. His now mother-in-law has regrets because she was the one that ultimately altered the lives of her daughter and her son-in-law forever.
First of all, I think that people should wait. But the reality is that most don't. I think it is wrong that the family is now being punished for something that was consensual between the two people when they were in high school. Instead he was charged with statutory rape and labeled as someone who is a threat when he is not. I believe that the sex offender list should be for those who are truly a threat to society. I think it is unfair that people who did stupid things when they are young to be punished for the rest of their lives. Everyone does stupid things when they are young and most of the crimes that are committed are either dismissed because they are a minor or are just tiny blemishes on their record.
But sex offenders are a different story. They are labeled forever and have so many restrictions put on them that it is hard for them to get jobs. They are restricted on where they can live and essentially what they can do. I am sure that there are so many people out there that had premarital sex in high school in a similar situation but because no one turned them in they have no consequences now. But because the mother thought that she was doing something for the good of her daughter (which she tried to reverse 1 day after she did it), all of them have to suffer forever.
I think it's wrong, simple as that. Why punish someone for something that they did in high school and let the real monsters go free? You can vote on the Today's Show website as to your opinion, I did. And I voted that he shouldn't be punished anymore.
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