Education reform bill keeps some elements of No Child Left Behind, December 10, 2015
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Erin's Law programs to prevent child sex abuse, December 9, 2015
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Action to Prevent and Address
Child Sexual Abuse,
December 3, 2015 Support State
Dear Erin Merryn,
I just read on your Facebook page you have a VA Senator to sponsor Erin's Law at the upcoming 2016 session.
I fully support sexual abuse prevention education for the children of
. But I do oppose the naming of
legislation after a victim; it creates an emotional and biased environment. Virginia
I have two requests to make for your bill in VA.
the Age of Consent is on a sliding
scale depending on the specific sex act and sometimes there is an age gap
allowance and sometimes there isn't. Virginia
teens have no idea that consensual sexual contact with other teens is a criminal
act because no one teaches about the age of consent. We have 15, 16, 17,
18 and 19 year olds who were in age appropriate relationships and they never
forced, threatened or intimated anyone who have been sentenced to incarceration
and then lifetime registration as a Violent Sex Offender. Their lives are over
when this occurs, they will never get a college education, they will never have
more than just a job, churches turn their back on them, they can't volunteer
and finding a spouse to start a family is near-impossible. Age
appropriate relationships should not result in a public label of Sexual
Predator, but in Virginia
it does. Virginia
landmine of sexual statutes and rules needs to be taught to our teenagers so
they can avoid the dire future that our Legislature has created. Could Erin's
Law include education on Virginia's ’s
Age of Consent and what age gaps or acts would be criminal, even if consensual? Virginia
2- In Virginia we have had way too many case of Teen-to-Teen Sexting that have lead to criminal charges, threats of incarceration and the possibility of lifetime registration as a Violent Sex Offender because it falls into the Child Pornography production, possession and distribution category. You can read about some of the VA cases here http://goo.gl/VqSrnH .
's teenagers per
the chart in the link I've provided starting at 10 years of age, need to be
taught that Sexting=Child Pornography with dire consequences. Could Virginia Erin's Law include education on Sexting
being a criminal offense?
If we are going to educate
children on sexual abuse against them by others we need to include what our
laws consider sexual abuse by them even when no force, threat or intimation was
I do hope these 2 suggestions will become goals for your legislation not just in VA this January but for all 49 States because our teens need someone to teach them about these serious issues.
Mary Davye Devoy