Monday, October 29, 2007

Now that homecoming is over ...

... let's get back to the business at hand.
I am ecstatic to report that Genarlow Wilson is out of prison. Four members of Georgia's highest court saw the light and agreed that it was cruel and unusual punishment.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Wilson's story, he was arrested, tried and convicted for aggravated child molestation for an event that occurred when he was 17 years of age.
As a result of his felony conviction, Wilson received a mandatory 10-year-sentence and a year of probation and he would have had to register as a sex offender.
It all started at a New Year's Eve party where he received oral sex from a consenting 15-year-old girl. The problem with that is, in Georgia, the age of consent is 16.
Since being convicted, he spent more than two years in prison while his attorney, his mother, people in his community and of course, the "Civil Rights Advocates" tried to have his story heard and trying to have his case appealed.
Since Wilson's conviction, the state law in Georgia has not lowered the age of consent but has determined that no teen should serve more than a year in prison for giving or receiving oral sex. The teen is to be charged with a misdemeanor, punishable by a year in prison and will not be required to register as a sex offender.
This law went into effect shortly after Wilson was convicted by was not retroactive. That is why it had to go all the way to the state's high court to be overturned. A lower judge ordered Wilson's release earlier this year, but the district attorney appealed which kept him locked up until last week.
Now that you're caught up, I hope you'll join me in saying that the southern states are stuck in the dark ages when it comes to sex crimes. I don't know if they are in denial about the fact that sex is going on with teenagers or if they want to fill the prisons with young people.
Regardless of the situation, lawmakers and parents need to grow up. They need to realize that their children are having sex, oral and intercourse, and it is their job to make sure the lil' Filthy McNasties are being safe and that they are getting educated about what they are doing.
Times are a-changing and from what I understand, these lil' high school girls don't mind giving "knobbers" to their lil' boyfriends or in some cases like Wilson's, the popular athletes.
So instead of trying to prosecute them for acting on their hormones, parents and lawmakers need to accept the responsibility of educating them about their bodies, STDs, prophylactics and the consequences.

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