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Kaitlyn Hunt

If an 18 year old boy faced charges for sex with a 14 year old girl, would attorneys praise him as a “courageous teen” or would the ACLU offer support?

Eighteen-year-old Kaitlyn Hunt drew precisely such praise and support for her lesbian relationship with a 14 year old. The Florida student rejected a minor sentence and insisted on defending her conduct in court. Justifying sexual exploitation of a child way below the age of consent shows that some gay advocates will endorse any homosexual behavior, no matter how outrageous.

But these attitudes also reflect instinctive recognition that a lesbian relationship, with no pregnancy risk, counts as inherently less dangerous, less significant, than opposite sex coupling. Ironically, activists ignore that distinction during the marriage debate, irrationally insisting that gay relationships are just as consequential as male-female marriages.

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  1. Brad Barrett  •  May 30, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Equal rights, equal treatment under the law. Do not promote child sexual activities with an adult just because it is homosexual and/or female. An adult man can use a rubber and/or may just shoot blanks. So the man that shoots blanks should have a lighter sentence? A female teacher should have a lighter sentence? that is not equal treatment under the law!

  2. David Moolten  •  May 31, 2013 at 5:23 am

    While hardly to be advised or condoned, teen sex happens for all the reasons we know it happens, and while the age of majority may be 18, we also know that there are exceptions made where they are practical and necessary (the drinking age for example). Maturity doesn’t happen overnight, and clearly 18 year olds differ quite a bit from adults even just a few years older when it comes to judgment and understanding. Does this mean no consequences for Kaitlyn Hunt or older teen boys in the same situation, or more precisely, older teen girls (in heterosexual relationships with younger teen boys)? No, but wise and compassionate justice would recommend a misdemeanor rather than a felony in most cases–a penalty that would discourage the behavior (and parents not minding their teen offspring) while not destroying someone’s future an for irresponsible though not unexpected lapse. Nearly all states (including Florida) have “Romeo and Juliet” provisions that address the fact that “adult” teens can’t always be expected to exercise adult judgment when it comes to sex. The question is really more one of specifics than philosophy, as the penalties and age gaps vary considerably from state to state–and in many states Hunt’s actions wouldn’t have provoked such potentially harsh penalties. Obviously Florida’s law is what it is, but that doesn’t mean it is as it should be, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see both a change in the law and some kind of nullification that addresses the Hunt situation when the legal proceedings are over.

    As to the fairness of Hunt’s prosecution, it is at best naive and at worst mendacious to claim that Hunt’s arrest and prosecution reflect “gender neutral” or non-discriminatory practice. We all know that there is wide discretion for police and prosecutors with respect to if and how to take action in response to a possible crime, particularly one of this nature. Teen sex is (fortunately) not a sphere in which the police operate with much interest or diligence, preferring others to handle issues that arise. So her case is more the exception than the rule, particularly with Hunt as a female offender. However, when the authorities do get involved there is an obligation to avoid bias with respect to minorities. Straight black males have received unduly vigorous and harsh “justice” for similar infractions. Such individuals fit certain stereotypes, whether they deserve them or not.

    As for lurid and snide descriptions of fingering and bathroom stalls to suggest something more aggravated, what teen sex couldn’t be framed in similarly lurid terms? The truth is that there is little here that is aggravating, no violence, no coercion, no pattern of behavior with others etc. The only reason for legal proceedings is that the younger girl’s parents (understandably upset) were so vigorous in pursuing the matter formally (with the school and with the police). While I understand their reaction, a savvier response from the authorities could have dealt with their concerns, stopped and punished the behavior and all without the growing circus we now have on our hands.

    While those who defend Hunt do so for a number of reasons, including possible orientation bias, the real issue is really much simpler. The reflexive reaction to what is happening in this case (favorable media spin and the public rallying on her behalf) is mostly a response to disproportionate justice not a suggestion that her acts were acceptable. This is why the ultimate result is likely to be leniency in spite of the way the law is written. It will be a politically satisfying result to both Hunt’s supporters and the government entities involved (and under siege for well-intentioned but poorly codified regulation of teen sex), who I’m sure wish this would all go away.

    • leslie  •  May 31, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Very well said. Congrats on clear and articulate thinking and writing.

    • Denny Martin  •  Jun 7, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      I think you are wrong assuming this is police gone wild. Police enforce the laws. This incident is getting attention more than any other similar boy/girl case of the same age categories purely because it makes news. If you want to assign blame for the notoriety, assign it to the MSM. Please don’t try to add this to the already over-inflated list of homosexual inequality gripes. This is just a news story to be splashed across TV screens and monitors for as long as the flavor lasts, and nothing more. If it didn’t titillate and irritate you and I wouldn’t be talking about it.

  3. Joe  •  May 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    “The truth is that there is little here that is aggravating, no violence, no coercion, no pattern of behavior with others etc.”

    I seriously doubt this comment would be posted by a parent of a child regardless of the gender. To allow an adult to continue to molest children with just a slap in the hand would be an injustice, and would only put others at risk.

  4. Larry Jortner  •  May 31, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    This case really has nothing to do with straight/gay distinctions; but everything to do with child exploitation. As to the above post, all I can say is that state legislators and others have diligently worked to make the criminal law strike a balance between young lovers and child exploitation by a young adult of someone that they should know is too young for them to engage in sexual relations. Generally, that is 2-3 years age difference between the young adult offender and the underage victim.

    Basically, the right message here is that, while we might agree to disagree on homosexual marriage or similar issues, we should unanimously denounce any child exploitation by any adult.

  5. Keith  •  May 31, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I believe far less emotional damage occurs to a young male when exploited by an older female vs. the extreme and life long difficulties a young female can endure when exploited by an older male. I see this situation as a likely case of recruitment. A 14 year old is too young to be engaging in straight sex, let alone experimenting with alternate deviations. Could this confuse the young girl and result in a lifetime of consequences? Kaitlyn is a sexual predator and should be treated as such by the law.

  6. Greg Kazen  •  Jun 1, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Outragous. Thanks for shining the light.

  7. Cynthia Hutchinson  •  Jun 1, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I agree with Larry above that this has more to do with child exploitation. I believe that it is normal for children to go through a stage of being attracted to the same sex. A famous singer talked about being age 12 and going through this stage of development and clarifying in the interview that she is not gay. I remember being 14 years old and being very behind in my development in terms of emotional maturity etc. because I had very overprotective parents. And if I had been approached by an adult at age 14 in this manner, I would have gotten very messed up at age 14. I am heterosexual. A lot of changes go on in those four years in terms of maturity. Therefore, I can’t help but see Kaitlyn’s behavior and conduct as being a type of grooming behavior much like a pedophile. I view a fourteen year old as being a child still. And many state laws support that thinking as well. I don’t think that this should be taken lightly, because who can measure the damage or negative impact that this has had on this 14 year old girl.

  8. JGUY  •  Jun 5, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Male and Female should be equal before the law. If a male is guilty of child exploitation
    in such a case a female should be be given the same sentence. To not do so is massive
    sexual discrimination. The law should be enforced equally needs to be the standard in
    all cases. In Michael’s view, as expressed on his talk show. the risk defines the severity
    of this crime and thus the punishment. Really? To follow this logic one would have to
    therorize that men with vasectomy should be given lighter sentences than other men
    in case of rape. I dont see that as logical…..it is the same crime.

  9. Lorraine  •  Jun 8, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Child exploitation under any label is wrong and should be punishable to the fullest extent of the law.

  10. sfreader  •  Jun 23, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    I don’t think Kaitlyn Hunt should be treated any differently because she is female OR because she is gay.

    However, I don’t think a young man in the same situation– in high school, in a mutual and consensual relationship with a freshman– should be treated as if he were a 40-year-old sexual predator. The stupid thing here is that the law makes NO distinction between an 18-year-old high-school student and a 40-year-old sexual predator.

    Another stupid thing with Florida law, as written, is that the consensual nature of the relationship makes NO difference at all. Under Florida law, a 15-year-old could lie about her age, even present phony ID showing that she was older– and the “adult” who had sex with her, honestly believing her to be over the age of consent, would STILL be guilty of “statutory rape,” even though he (or she) had been deceived as to the 15-year-old’s actual age. That is totally ridiculous.

    A 14-year-old is not a “child,” and the girl in this case is even less “child-like” than most 14-year-olds. She was in advanced classes, she was on the same basketball team as Hunt, and she shared the same circle of friends as Hunt. The two girls clearly regarded each other as equals and peers, not as “adult and child.”

    And where was there any “exploitation”? According to BOTH girls, the relationship was mutual and consensual. It isn’t as though Hunt deliberately set out to seduce an underage girl, plying her with gifts (or with booze or drugs) in order to “score.” By all accounts, the relationship developed the same way most other high-school romances develop.

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