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More sex abuse laws are not going to change anything. The vast majority of abuse cases fly far under the radar. We need to learn the warning signs of sexual abuse BEFORE it happens and how to talk about it honestly and rationally in our own families and communities. Sexual deviancy disorders often show up pre-puberty. If we can get those children the help they need then, tragedy can be avoided for everyone involved.
But one-size-fits all laws can create their own kind of tragedy. I know of 19 year old boys who were busted for having sex with their 17 year old girlfriends and got labeled sex offenders for the rest of their lives. That's the kind of problem we end up with when we let our emotions guide us here.
For help with a situation where you are worried about your own or someone else's inappropriate sexual feelings and behaviors, you can call Stop It Now! at 1-888-PREVENT or visit http://stopitnow.org.
April 8, 2010 at 12:16 p.m.
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