Jailbait [Darleen Click]
: a girl under the age of consent with whom sexual intercourse is unlawful and constitutes statutory rape
First Known Use of JAILBAIT — 1930
Merely three years ago Whoopi Goldberg was rightfully chastised for defending Roman Polaski’s sexual relationship with a 13 year old girl by questioning whether or not it was rape-rape.
Goldberg: “We’re a different kind of society, we see things differently … would I want my 14-year-old having sex with somebody? Not necessarily, no.”
“Necessarily”? The weasel word goes to modern, left-dominated culture of “hey, kids have sex anyway, just make sure the girls don’t get pregnant.”
Of course, in practice for the Left, all sexual conduct is less about “consent” and more about personal is political statements.
On one hand, we have the the Obama Administration demanding universities criminalize even “offensive” speech as sexual harassment, making all college students nascent sexual harassers; but we have a whole new social movement dedicated to decriminalizing sexual behavior with 14 year olds
In January, Rush Limbaugh warned that there was “an effort under way to normalize pedophilia,” and was ridiculed by liberals (including CNN’s Soledad O’Brien) for saying so. But now liberals have joined a crusade that, if successful, would effectively legalize sex with 14-year-olds in Florida.
The case involves Kaitlyn Ashley Hunt, an 18-year-old in Sebastian, Florida, who was arrested in February after admitting that she had a lesbian affair with a 14-year high-school freshman. (Click here to read the affidavit in Hunt’s arrest.) It is a felony in Florida to have sex with 14-year-olds. Hunt was expelled from Sebastian High School — where she and the younger girl had sex in a restroom stall — and charged with two counts of “felony lewd and lascivious battery on a child.” The charges could put Hunt in prison for up to 15 years. Prosecutors have offered Hunt a plea bargain that would spare her jail time, but her supporters have organized an online crusade to have her let off scot-free — in effect, nullifying Florida’s law, which sets the age of consent at 16.
Using the slogan “Stop the Hate, Free Kate” (the Twitter hashtag is #FreeKate) this social-media campaign has attracted the support of liberals including Chris Hayes of MSNBC, Daily Kos, Think Progress and the gay-rights group Equality Florida. Undoubtedly, part of the appeal of the case is that Hunt is a petite attractive green-eyed blonde. One critic wondered on Twitter how long activists have “been waiting for a properly photogenic poster child of the correct gender to come along?”
Now, I would quibble with RS McCain on the “pedophilia” bit, since what we have here is really a bit more ephebophilia. However, I don’t disagree with his premise that the Left’s march through the culture doesn’t include emancipating minors from parental education and guidance in regards to sex. It is part of their larger agenda of dismantling any private institution that stands between The State and its subjects. This is why the appearance of a schizophrenic split between hyper-Puritanism on college campuses and no-age-limit-libertinism on high school campuses really isn’t. It’s about State sanction and control of relationships. Minors must be emancipated from their parents and adults must be dependent on The State.
The “SQUIRREL” in this kerfuffle is the slander of the parents of the 14 year old by the #FreeKate crowd who engage in “They are in love, leave them alone, you H8ters!” This would not be a public issue if this were an 18 year old male who, even after being warned to stay away, spirited off a 14 year old girl to have illegal sex, with aggravating circumstances, at his home.
Reasonable people can disagree about age of consent and how statutory violations should be handled. Indeed, in my 15 years at both the District Attorney’s Office and Juvenile Probation, I’ve seen and continue to see hundreds of such cases. California’s age of consent is 18, with many subsections dealing with the age difference between the participants and coercion.
However, the basic assumption underlying all age of consent laws is that minors under it are incapable of giving consent. Are the drawn lines arbitrary? Yes, but that doesn’t make them unreasonable. We draw an arbitrary line when we say 16 year olds are mature enough to get a driver’s license but 12 year olds are not, even if there are some incompetent 16 y/o drivers and some 12 y/o’s who are.
Kate’s parents were negligent in not educating her to Florida’s laws and explaining to her what the term “jailbait” meant. The Leftists using Kate as a political cudgel do her no favors as she learns politics can allow her to avoid responsibility for her own admitted illegal acts.
Prosecutors in the case are apparently determined to resist the politically correct demands of the ACLU, MSNBC and other liberals who don’t care about the precedent that might be set by nullifying Florida’s age of consent laws. What is remarkable — and alarming to many parents — is that liberals appear to be unashamed to argue for legalizing sex with 14-year-olds
Alarming, but not surprising.
That’s who they are, that’s what they do.
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