Maybe we, as a society, should make sex between teachers and students legal and acceptable. Perhaps we can even do away with the crime of rape and make non-consensual sex just another “sexual orientation” in need of tolerance.
If your face is getting red and your blood is beginning to boil it means you have an ounce of moral fiber within that recognizes the absolute absurdity of such statements. And yet…
The Washington Post recently printed an article by Betsy Karasik, a former lawyer turned writer, in which Karasik asserts that laws which punish teachers for sex with students are perhaps outdated and in need of change. Karasik relies on her own experience growing up in the 60’s and 70’s during which “the sexual boundaries between teachers and students were much fuzzier. Throughout high school, college and law school, I knew students who had sexual relations with teachers.”
This experience has led Karasik to ponder if we need to simply rehabilitate teachers that engage in sex with students rather than criminalize them; in order to remove stigma and shame for both the teacher and student.
Here’s a summary of Karasik’s thoughts:
“I don’t believe that all sexual conduct between underage students and teachers should necessarily be classified as rape, and I believe that absent extenuating circumstances, consensual sexual activity between teachers and students should not be criminalized… I do think that teachers who engage in sex with students, no matter how consensual, should be removed from their jobs and barred from teaching unless they prove that they have completed rehabilitation… Many teenagers are, biologically speaking, sexually mature. Pretending that this kind of thing won’t happen if we simply punish it severely enough is delusional.” [Read more...]
About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.