Friday, January 10, 2014

Action Alert: Virginia Bill SB14 Reviving the Crimes Against Nature Statute


News Articles about This Bill:
·        Virginia Scraps Plan To Make Oral Sex Between 17-Year-Olds A Felony , January 16, 2014
·        Va. Sen. Garrett’s revision of anti-sodomy law advances; he says point is to protect minors, January 15, 2014
·        Virginia senator's sodomy bill gains traction, January 15, 2014
·        Virginia anti-sodomy bill could punish consenting teens, January 14, 2014

Original Post:

I have been keeping up with all the articles on Senator Garrett’s Crimes Against Nature redo Senate Bill 14 and the ACLU of Virginia is on it!  

Virginia Legislators Propose New "Crimes Against Nature" Law, January 8, 2014
Virginia predicts need for more prison beds if oral sex is banned for teens, January 9, 2014
This Guy Wants To Outlaw Oral Sex Between Teenagers In Virginia, January 10, 2014
Ultra-conservative senator in Virginia is proposing a bill that would make oral sex between teenagers a FELONY January 10, 2014

Whether you are a supporter or not of the ACLU, it doesn’t matter and you need to read on. 

This ridiculous bill must be stopped! 

Creating a criminal felony for two 16 year olds, two 17 year olds or a 16 and a 17 year old who engage in consensual (no force, threat or intimidation) oral sex is idiotic!  

It’s bad enough Virginia charges a 17 year old who has consensual genital sex with a 15 or 16 year old with a misdemeanor when there is no force, threat or intimidation, but a felony for oral sex?  

So much for those people who continue to claim the ago of consent is Virginia is 15 years old. If the Virginia Age of Consent (the age in which all sex is consensual with anyone at and above that age) was actually 15 years old then these acts would not be crimes. 

It’s like we’re going backwards with this puritanical and ideological law. 

I have two additional concerns that have NOT been addressed in the above articles. 

  1. With no age gap allowance in this statute not only would any minors become felons for oral sex but so would the 18, 19 and 20 year old boyfriends and girlfriends. 
A 20 year old dating a 17 year old or an 18 year old dating a 16 year old, these are age-appropriate relationships not creepy adults taking advantage of minors but they would become felony crimes if a one-size-fits-all law is adopted. 

A 3 or 4 year age gap allowance needs to be added to this statute if it moves forward to become law. 

  1. Anyone who is convicted under this new Crimes Against Nature statute would then become a Registered Sex Offender (RSO). Even though no force, threat or intimidation was involved. 
Not only would they become an RSO but they’d be classified as Violent (not Non-Violent) which would mean they would be “lifers” in Virginia with no opportunity to ever petition the courts to be removed. 

As an RSO:
·        If they are still in high school they could be expelled, before receiving their degree
·        They would be prohibited from attending school functions and events with friends
·        They would most likely be denied acceptance to any Virginia College or University
·        They would find securing any work extremely difficult as no employer wants to have their company name listed on the Virginia Registry
·        They would find leasing an apartment or home extremely challenging as no landlord wants the other neighbors complaining about leasing to an RSO
·        They’d be prohibited from loitering near schools and daycares, plus parks that share a border with a school whether they intended to or not
·        They would be required to register every 90 days, for the rest of their life
·        Anytime their residence, employment, vehicle, phone number or email address changed they would be required to notify the authorities within the allotted timeframe or face a new felony charge 

Plus their ability to worship at a church, temple or synagogue that has a daycare operating on the premises could be a serous issue as no Virginia lawmaker has answered this question I’ve posed for 6 years. 

And these are just the legal ramifications because the Commonwealth made them an RSO even though they are no threat to children or society. 

Who would want to date them? Marry them? Have kids with them? No one! 

Who wants them in their book club, on their soft-ball team, in their bible study group? No one! 

All because they had consensual oral sex, instead of consensual genital sex with their significant other! 

I don’t care if you are a Democrat or a Republican. 

I don’t care if you’re heterosexual or homosexual. 

I don’t care if you are single or married. 

I don’t care if you’re 16 years old or 96 years old. 

I don’t care if you prefer missionary position or something else. 

If the sex is consensual and age appropriate (especially in a state that allows two 15 year olds to legally have genital sex) then no one should face a felony and the lifetime stigma and burden of being a Violent Sex Offender. 

I beg each and every one of you to immediately Email or call  your Virginia Delegate and Senator.

Virginia Delegates                                                     Virginia Senators
Phone List                                                                           Phone List
E-mail List                                                                          E-mail List 

SB14 is headed to the Senate Courts of Justice Committee, if you feel industrious contact all the Committee members, here they are:

Richmond, VA. During Session
Chairman               Thomas “Tommy” Norment                          *Also on VSCC  
*Also on VCSC
John Edwards
Thomas Garrett Jr.
Janet Howell                       *Also on VSCC
L. Louise Lucas
Ryan McDougle
A. Donald McEachin
Henry Marsh
Mark Obenshain
Toddy Puller
Bryce Reeves              *Also on VSCC
Richard Saslaw
William Stanley
Richard Stuart
Jill Holtzman Vogel

Ask them to vote “NO” on SB14 

Tell the Virginia Legislators that if Virginia needs another law to prosecute people who sexually, orally or anally abuse children then write a law that specifically bans those abuses of children instead of arbitrarily sweeping up consenting minors, consenting teenagers/young adults and all homosexuals in an attempt to condemn those who aren’t “missionary position” purest. SB14, is NOT a solution, it's a disaster!

Thank you! 

Mary Devoy