Scott Smith, a therapist who treats children with sexual behavior issues How many of you would like a poor decision you made at the age of 13 to follow you around for the rest of your life?
Lacy J., a mother of a 13-year-old convicted as an adult for having sexual contact with his five-year-old cousin, speaking before a panel of Arizona state legislators He knows nothing about sex.
But, under a first-in-the-nation policy quietly enacted in January that many parents are only now finding out about, 15-year-olds are now allowed to get a sex-change operation.
Many residents are stunned to learn they can do it without parental notification — and the state will even pay for it through its Medicaid program, the Oregon Health Plan.
Subjecting children to sex offender laws originally developed for adult offenders is both unnecessary from a public safety perspective and harmful to the child.
The juvenile justice system acknowledges that children who break the law should be treated differently than adults, with a greater emphasis on rehabilitation, and that forcing them to carry the burden of a public criminal record for childhood mistakes serves neither them nor the community.
The article (subsequently aggregated to a number of web sites without additional investigation) stated: The list of things 15-year-olds are not legally allowed to do in Oregon is long: Drive, smoke, donate blood, get a tattoo — even go to a tanning bed.For instance, the progressive news website Raw Story ran an article on the sentencing with the headline, "Judge spares prison time for man who raped toddler."Oldenburger has refuted that description of the crime, saying in an interview that Grooms appeared to be masturbating in the video.The toddler was not injured or put in pain, the prosecutor wrote in his statement.“When I read through all of the information ...STERLING , VA — (CNN) A Muslim teen who was attacked and killed early Sunday as she and a group of teenagers walked back to a mosque in Virginia may have been sexually assaulted, investigators say.Police are investigating the possibility that Nabra Hassanen, 17, was sexually assaulted, Fairfax County police spokeswoman Tawny Wright said Tuesday.