First, before I really GO IN, let me give you some background: A couple and their son are fighting for custody of a baby born to a Lancaster woman charged with having unlawful sex with the boy, who was 15 at the time of conception. A paternity test shows that the teen is the father of the baby born April 7 to Jane C. Crane, who was 19 when she became pregnant. Now, a judge has ordered him to pay $50 a month in child support and set visitation at seven hours a week. Crane, meanwhile, faces criminal charges.
A grand jury indicted her last month on two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, a fourth-degree felony. Conviction carries a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison and a requirement to register as a sex offender for 25 years. Crane is living with the baby and her family in Lancaster. “The child support was the icing on the cake. I couldn’t believe that our son has to pay child support to his abuser.”
Now I am NOT going to bring up the inherent BS double-standard that’s playing out in this issue because it is QUITE apparent. Obviously if she was a man 18 months in prison would be seen as a RIDICULOUSLY short amount of jail time. But the WORST part of this entire debacle is that the Boy, who is technically the VICTIM and a survivor of sexual abuse, is simultaneously existing in the roles of Victim & guilty party in the same MESSED UP breath.
Wonder what the legal precedent for this action is? Read this:
Around the country there are plenty of cases of underage boys who got a woman pregnant and then tried to avoid paying child support. The 15-year-old in California who was seduced by the 34-year-old mom next door. The 13-year-old boy in Kansas who had sex with his 17-year-old babysitter. The 15-year-old boy in Florida who impregnated a 20-year-old.
Under a strict interpretation of the law, these boys, by virtue of their age, were raped. But family courts have seen these incidents for what they were: consensual sexual encounters. And as a result, they have ordered the boys to pay child support.
The reason this is so infuriating is NOT because of the double-standard, but moreso because of the absence of logic and common sense. Why does a child half the age of an adult, need to then GIVE that ADULT money to support a baby that was conceived from an UNLAWFUL sexual encounter?
The only reasoning I can give for this legal loophole is the fact that we as a society need to focus LESS on being sexist and misogynistic, and MORE on being fair and balanced, because focusing TOO much on one aspect of PREVENTING abuse towards one group just inherently opens the door to ALLOWING abuse to a whole other group.
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