Sexual assault laws exist to protect the victims. Now sometimes, victims do not get a lot of community sympathy and support. This is why the sexual assault laws exist, to keep people from taking advantage of the children and adults on the outskirts of propriety.
Zero tolerance laws protect everyone. Otherwise differing community standards would allow some sexual predators to strike again and again.
She has a twinkle in her eye, an infectious smile and her momma lets her dress up and go out in clothes designed to show off. Looking at her you could see how someday she would have that modeling career she dreamed of. Now I can think of two little girls like that both have made national headlines in the last year or so. One of these is 7-year-old Honey Boo Boo, whose reality show beat the ratings over the Republican National Convention one week, then came back a week later and topped former President Bill Clinton’s speech the next. . The other is an 11-year-old girl the press calls “Regina.” Regina did not top the TV Ratings List, one of her headlines read, “Cleveland remains divided over assault case.” . The case involving at least fifteen men and boys between the ages of 16 to 27 repeatedly assaulted this little girl, and then circulated a video of it. It did not occur to them that what they did was morally reprehensible, and at least some people in the community agree. .
If there were no zero tolerance laws against sex with children, community standards might let these predators walk, perhaps to find new victims. It seems that if a girl goes out dressed up, wearing makeup and showing off “she is asking for it” even if she is only eleven years old, unless of course she is a Reality TV Star.
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US Weekly. "Kris Jenner: "I Don't Know Who Honey Boo Boo Is!"." 12 09 2012. US Weekly. 13 09 2012