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Teen Girl Abused Herself

The following rant is based on this news article

I came across this earlier today while browsing through the articles posted at lies.com. I thought it must be an April Fool's joke at first, but it didn't take long to convince me otherwise after I followed the link to the USA Today article (linked at the top of this page) about this. All that really came to mind for the first 5 minutes after discovering this was "what the fuck?"

Let me see if I understand this correctly. A 15 year old girl sends nude pics of herself to some friends online and gets arrested for it. Ok, this I could kinda understand (though not agree with). So, she's charged with distributing child pornography and possession of child pornography (duh...to distribute it you'd have to possess it first). All this I can understand, even though it's still completely fucked up.

Here's what I do NOT understand at all and this has to be the absolute STUPIDEST thing I've ever heard of. The article states that the girl was also charged with "sexual abuse of children..." Ok, hold on just a fuckin' minute now? They are actually going to charge her for abusing herself? She molested herself?! Holy fucking shit!

So, if she'd run away, I guess they'd charge her with "kidnapping" herself too! Or, maybe if she berates herself for what she did, they'll charge her with "verbally abusing" herself! Hope she doesn't get sick and need to give herself an enema; she might get busted for "sodomy" then!

Uh-oh... Looks like I better go into hiding! I masturbated pretty much every single day from the time I was 12 years old, so let's do the math. From age 12 to 16 (the age of consent where I live) is 4 years. There's 365 days in a year. So, 365 x 4.... Damn, that's 1,460 counts of child molestation! They're gonna fuckin' execute me!

Really, folks, is this not the most attrocious bullshit you've ever seen? What, there's not enough real child molesters out there to go after? No, what most likely happened is that that cops found out about this and thought they'd find a man pretending to be a 15yo girl in order to distribute those pics. Instead, they found a real teenager and since they didn't want to look like dumbasses for making a mistake, they charged her anyway.

Or, it could be the fact that our society simply doesn't permit those under the age of 18 to express their sexuality in any form whatsoever. Oh, hell no, we can't have these naughty teenagers actaully being sexual! Nope, they're supposed to totally suppress the 2nd strongest inherent instinct in the human genone. Gotta nip that shit in the bud, right?! So, since she made the mistake of being sexual before she reached the "magic" age, they're gonna make her pay. I mean, really, how dare she! Puh-lease...

Some of you may be wondering why I disagree with the other charges as well. Ok, for one, the pics that were simply of her nude cannot be counted as pornography. Nude pictures of underaged people are NOT considered child pornography and are classified as artistic expression (protected under the first amendmant). If you don't agree with that, then perhaps we should repaint the Sistine Chapel as it contains quite a few paintings of nude children. Artistic nudity has been done for centuries and includes thousands of pictures of both adults and children. This is not child porn, as defined by U.S. Code Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 110, section 2256. Therefore, what this girl did is protected by the 1st Amendmant as free artistic expression.

Ok, now that that's out of the way, the article did also mention that she took pictures of herself "...performing a variety of sexual acts." Alright, fine, no argument for the charges laid for those pictures. Under current U.S. law (linked above), those pictures in which she performed sexual acts ARE child pornography. However, I would say that in this case, the law should not apply. This is a case of a law being used outside of its intent. The purpose of child porn laws is to protect children from being abused. If child pornography is made, then a child must have been abused in order to make it. This is why kiddie porn is illegal (and rightly so). However, as I've already stated, you cannot honestly sit there and say that any child was being abused, unless you actually believe that crock of shit about her molesting herself?

Ah, but then that leads to a whole different argument doesn't it? What about porn where children wanted to do whatever they did? Well, the law says children can't consent to sexual activity. However, the girl wasn't participating in sexual activity with another person, she was performing sexual acts on herself. So, do you really want to tell me that people under the age of 18 don't have the right to "consent" to sexual activity with themselves.

The big problem with all of that is the fact that such an assumption renders a child's right to their own body null. In other words, if this case is successfully prosecuted, it will set the precedant that children have no rights relating to their own bodies. Basically, it's saying that if you're under the age of 18, only the government can decide what should be done with your body!

This is a very dangerous and slippery slope here. No one wants to speak out against it because they don't want to appear to be advocating child pornography. Well, let me just state that I am VEHEMENTLY opposed to kiddie porn! That is NOT the issue here! The issue here is that this girl has a right to decide what can and cannot be done with her body! Yes, I understand that she cannot consent to letting other people do sexual things to her body, but that's not what I'm talking about here. She has a right to do anything she wants to her own body because that body belongs to her and her alone! That right is being infringed by the court system and it is simply not acceptable! Child porn hurts and abuses children by its production, but no child was hurt or abused here! Well, not by any pictures that were taken! She's most certainly being mistreated by the government!

As a dedicated advocate of childrens' civil rights, I find this whole thing absolutely disgusting and appalling! Possession is 9/10 of the law; she possesses HER body!

"This girl may end up with a sex offender's record for
the rest of her life. Regardless of what you moral puritans
say, that is SICK and DISGUSTING treatment of a juvenile.
Not only is it draconian, it's the State-authorized abuse of
minors for their own self righteous moralistic purposes. "

(a comment on this from a lies.com user)

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The article on lies.com