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This is sad

I'm going to repost a comment made last week on a similar story: While this service may give some people peace of mind at the convenience of seeing where sex offenders live, the whole sex offender registry needs to be completely revamped. I work with the underpriviledged, and I see a huge downfall to this system from the other side. When a young man, say 18 years old, has a girlfriend who is, say 15 years old, and the two engage in consensual sex because they "love" each other, this is considered statutory rape. Now, I'm sorry, this is NOT a crime to me. This is not a case of a 40-year-old man kidnapping and raping a 12-year-old child; that's heinous. However, the two will be viewed as equals, slapped with the same exact label for the rest of their lives. The 18-year-old will never be able to move anywhere in the country without people thinking he's a pervert. He'll never get a decent job, or adopt children, or be able to go to a public park with his own kids, and all because the mother of the 15-year-old didn't like that her daughter was having sex with her boyfriend. I mean come on, 3 years difference? What's disgusting is 70-year-old men having trophy girlfriends who are 27 years old. That's a crime. Call me crazy, but there needs to be a distinction between the heinous crimes and the "technicalities" of sex crimes. It is unnecessary to punish someone for the rest of their lives in a case like this, a case which happens more often than people might realize.

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