The legalities of it seem a bit odd (that the victim of 'rape' is ordered to the perpetrator child support), but like others have said, it was obviously a relationship, concensual (in the sense they both took part willingly), she got pregnant, his parents are ****ed off and want custody (yet refuse to contribute financially to raising the child if they don't have custody), a bit of a mess really but at the end if the day he surely knew sex can equal baby, she got pregnant, he should help out with the cost of raising the baby. But still strange when theirs a criminal case pending against her.
Based on information from American TV shows, failing to pay child support in the US lands the non-payer in prison.
Of course my source of information is not credible, and it might not apply in all states, but if it is true, then this child is being subjected to coming up with these funds or facing prison.
I also do not like the concept of this woman potentially losing her baby because of a lapse in judgement consorting with a young boy.
Last edited by sweetseven; 08-04-2012 at 22:46.
Miss Salty (08-04-2012)
It's an iffy subject. I think in Australia we have the similar law, sex isn't consensual until 16 and it's 18 if the other person is an adult.
I think it's usually more of a law that tries to 'deter' it from happening. They don't usually charge unless the other party wants to.
The boy SHOULD pay child support, he's still the father and $50 is a very small amount to pay. He'd be older than 15 by the time the baby was born and it went to court.
What they did wasnt exactly smart, I (now) dont agree with children having sex before theyre legally able to consent but remembering how hormone Run I was as a teen, I wanted to sleep with a guy who was 10years older. We liked eachother but he didn't allow anything to come from it. I wonder if the boy told her his proper age? I remember a few friends lying about their age.
Even though its morally wrong I don't believe she should be put on the sex offenders list for 25years, that will ruin her life for a stupid mistake.
There is no indication that he had intercourse against his will and without his consent. As such, he ought to wear the consequences of his actions and not make another child suffer for his shortcomings when he was a 15 year old.
It sounds like a huge mess, and there is no doubt the parents have called statutory rape. If the boy called it, it would have just been rape. It's real disgusting of the parents to bring such a mess into their son's life and also the other girl(as I am sure they would have been having consential sex) they should have been supportive, becoming a parent at 15 would be a life changing event.
He should pay CS, just not under these circumstances.
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There are at least three separate issues here;
Rape is rape. A 15yo cannot legally consent to sex with an adult, so it is rape regardless
A small child is being raised in a home where, according to the report, domestic violence has been an issue. I applaud the 15yo's parents for wanting to give their granddaughter a safe home. Image if they knowingly left a child in an abusive home?
Seeing that the father wants to be involved with his child, in this one instance I'd agree with him paying child support. The child has the right to know their father and be supported by their father.
I do agree that the father was probably willing to ave sex with the woman, but he cannot have consented to have sex. The onus, in this world, is for adults to protect children. Whether or not the woman was *just* an adult or a 60yo woman, she was by law an adult and the boy was by law a child.
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