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End the Unjustified Prosecution of Kaitlyn Hunt

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- 1848 days ago -
End the unjustified prosecution of 18-year-old Kaitlyn Hunt, who was engaged in a consensual relationship with another female high-school student.

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Birgit W (160)
Friday May 24, 2013, 9:12 am
I don't have a zip code Teresa. Thank you.

Teresa W (782)
Friday May 24, 2013, 9:17 am
I'm Polish, but still it accepted my zip code.

Gene J (290)
Friday May 24, 2013, 9:25 am
I signed the petition because I think the consequences too severe, those proposed and those possible. And because I've read of this story elsewhere and both sets of parents were acquiescent in allowing the relationship to exist. I do not like what the other set of parents has done, I think they have overreached by a large margin. But my reservation is that the other party was 15, that is statutory rape in most states as children under the age of 16 are not deemed sufficiently developed to make an informed decision at tender ages. They are not allowed to drive, they may not sign contracts and they may not engage in sexual relationships with adults, which Kaitlyn legally is. Does this kind of thing happen all over, of course, but there are laws against it for good reason. And there have been many instances where the child, once grown, has filed charges of their own, or suffered in other ways from having a relationship they were not sufficiently developed to have. This isn't new and there are many young men who have spent jail time over having had sex with girlfriends under the age of consent in their state. I don't think we want to change that, children need protection from many things and though I don't consider Kaitlyn a sexual predator in any way, having sexual relations with an under age minor is just not right. That has nothing to do with her sexuality or orientation, but with protecting children from acts they are too young to have thought through. Someone ten years older who did the same thing would be going to jail. She made a mistake in engaging in this relationship and I get the desire to not see her life ruined because of it, but I don't want the child's life ruined either. The elder partner has a responsibility to self and their boy/girl friend to know the law and not do anything that might harm the younger. I know reason is difficult when hormones are at play, but ignorance of the law is not an excuse for breaking it. So, I signed, but with reservations.

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Friday May 24, 2013, 9:36 am
N&S Teresa, thanks for the card :)

Jo S (619)
Friday May 24, 2013, 9:42 am
Done Theresa, thanks.
Noted, signed & shared.

Anna Undebeck (256)
Friday May 24, 2013, 9:42 am
SO SIGNED and shared!!!!! Thank you very much Teresa.

Kit B (276)
Friday May 24, 2013, 9:46 am

signed - Homophobia, just one more in a long history of fear of others in the United States.

Friday May 24, 2013, 9:54 am
Signed, thanks Teresa.

Kerstin S (371)
Friday May 24, 2013, 9:58 am
signed, thank you Teresa

Past Member (0)
Friday May 24, 2013, 11:23 am
of 15,000 signatures
I think I signed before (at least one on this issue) but was able to sign again, and shared. Thanks Teresa.

Dorota Wisniewska (17)
Friday May 24, 2013, 12:30 pm

Chrissy H (21)
Friday May 24, 2013, 12:35 pm

Angelika R (143)
Friday May 24, 2013, 1:10 pm
Previously signed, thx. Sorry I didn't get to your ecard/ my inbox until after I have also posted this. C2 *normally* would NOT have let it go through, but it did. Didn't know about your posting then.

Renata K (43)
Friday May 24, 2013, 2:42 pm
sorry not this one. why do high school kids have sex at such an early age (I mean her partner)? I wouldn't want my daughter to have sex at 14 or 15. Call me "old-fashioned" but they don't know what they are doing. This world is sick. I don't care if she is gay or not. If it was a male, he would be in a juvenile detention center, not in house arrest. Or, if she was a little older, she would be in bigger trouble. I agree she shouldn't be deemed as a sexual predator but if I sign this petition, I would consent to the rest of it, too. And I don't support the gay cause, either, anyway.

Renata K (43)
Friday May 24, 2013, 2:51 pm
And one more thing. Imagine your teen has sex with someone who is 18. How would you feel? Especially that there is a law that you cannot have sex with a teen or a kid, that is called child molestation and sexual abuse. If this is the law, you should know it. If you don't, it doesn't mean you are innocent. She should have given it a thought first. So I take back the end of my previous comment. Maybe she is a sexual predator. Nowadays everything is about the equality of gay people. Then let me say this: a gay intercourse is an intercourse too, especially knowing about the tools they can use to imitate a real intercourse. Then it is not better than a heterosexual intercourse with a teen. So, once again, I won't sign this, and again, this world is sick.

Carol H (229)
Friday May 24, 2013, 3:03 pm
signed and noted

. (3)
Friday May 24, 2013, 8:58 pm
noted and signed!

. (0)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 1:12 am

Mariann Rannenberg (158)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 1:26 am
Signed this one too. Thanks once again, Teresa

Janet R (38)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 3:26 am
Renata K. - you are living in a fantasy world where teens don't have sex at 15. I am 57 and we experimented at 15 and earlier. And, yes, I believe it is normal to explore one's sexuality at that age. This relationship started when they were both underage and I don't think you understand that there have cases where men raped girls and women and received a less severe punishment than was proposed for this girl. This is a witch hunt against this girl. I fell sorry for you that you have such a backwards attitude towards justice. And, your comments on gays, crawl back under your rock.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 1:21 pm
Noted , thanks .

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 6:30 pm

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 6:24 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 6:53 am
S&N; Thank you, Teresa

Sandy Castro (0)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 7:13 am
Thank you

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 2:36 pm
Signed & noted. Have also signed other petitions regarding this. Thanks, Teresa.

Vicky P (476)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 3:35 pm
Noted and signed

Leann Wells Huber (0)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 5:42 pm
Signed. Although she should have taken into consideration her younger partner's age, which does technically make her responsible for their interactions, if the younger student doesn't want to press charges, the parents shouldn't be forcing her to. This is a tricky situation. If Kaitlyn were a boy having a sexual relationship with a female minor he would be charged with statutory rape. The same situation seems to exist here, except both participants are female. It really is still statutory rape...

Edwin M (346)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 7:58 pm
Signed thanks Teresa

Sheila D (28)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 8:08 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks, Teresa. For those who think this is about an adult having a relationship with a child, keep in mind, Kaitlyn probably turned 18 while in the relationship, and, as soon as she did, the parents of the 15 year old took steps immediately to put Kaitlyn in jail. If it was such a problem, why didn't they do something before she turned 18? or put restrictions on the 15 year old? Because no one wanted to get involved until she was considered an "adult". Even in cases of a boy and a girl, past practices are taken into consideration. In this situation, no one seems to be communicating with anyone; just throw her in jail and be done with it. The whole business stinks.

Barbara V (51)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 8:09 pm
What a cruel act to have done on this girl! So she has a relationship with a girl a few classes younger, who might be an up-and-coming lesbian. Or maybe they were just playing around--which is normal enough at that age., and they all but throw the book at the older girl? That is horrible! She will be marked for life if they follow through with this. What in the world is WRONG with these people? Why in hell can't they just live and let live and stop making a fuss over nothing?! Don't they CARE that this girl's world would come crashing down over her head?

Barbara V (51)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 8:12 pm
Renata K: Honey, you aren't old-fashioned, you're just repressed. Go get a life.

Esther Z (94)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 8:51 pm
I agree with Renata K, "the world is sick"... especially with people like YOU, Renata! In what world do you live in, where kids don't experiment by the age of 14, if not earlier? Granted, Kaitlyn has shown poor judgement, as did her parents in not monitoring the relationship, especially if the girl was a few years younger and still in school. The fact it was a gay relationship should had made the parents more vigilant since there is still so much homophobia, and discriminatory behaviour is still rampant in our judicial system. Really, this is no felony; at the most, Kaitlyn should be charged with misdemeanor with some minor probation. I would say the same thing if the cased involved a boy who was still a minor who was involved with another minor, and then became an adult whiled still in the same CONSENSUAL relationship. If in fact, the relationship had been one sided, predatory, forced or non-consensual, then yes, a felony charged would had been warranted.
Another thing, Renata, when you finished your first comment with "And I don't support the gay cause, either, anyway.", well, that pretty much told me what a homophobe you really are! It's people like you that make life for so much harder for gay people, or anyone that doesn't fit into your bigoted box!

Edith B (146)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 9:18 pm
Noted, shared, and signed.

Patricia H. (440)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 9:38 pm

Lloyd H (46)
Monday May 27, 2013, 7:17 am
Sorry this is not an unjustified prosecution, Statutory Rape is Statutory Rape regardless of sexual preference or the gender of those involved and can not be condoned. The fact is it makes no difference what the child under the age of consent wants, she does not have legal standing in regard to the bringing or not bringing charges of sexual misconduct, her parents and/or the states does.
And some how I do not think this crime would be getting a "pass" if it was the Captain of the Football team and the same 14 year old girl. And we all know damn well that it sure as hell did not fly when when it was Jerry Sandusky or the plethera of Catholic Priests. The scale of the crime is different but the crime is not.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Monday May 27, 2013, 1:22 pm
I've heard Renata's line before, and based on my experience, if she has a 14 or 15 year old daughter that child IS having sex. She has just the attitude of a parent whose young child is having sex and is in denial.

Apparently no one on this post has heard of Romeo and Juliet laws? Not every state has one, but those that do, have them because they have the elementary common sense to see that there is a difference between an older person taking advantage of a younger, and a couple of kids experimenting together.

If Kaitlyn were a guy, especially a football player, she most certainly WOULD be "getting a pass." And what world are you living in not to know that Jerry Sandusky got passes for years and Catholic preiests atill are?

Janice G (55)
Monday May 27, 2013, 4:16 pm
Do not have ZIP code Teresa but think may have signed on a different Petition site

Kelly Boyle (16)
Monday May 27, 2013, 4:37 pm
I cannot sign, bc the minor is a minor and the parents have rights. I would not want my parental right thrown under the bus. It has no bearing on same sex or boy/ girl. The law needs to stand with the parents.

Connie O (44)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 12:23 pm
I agree with Janet R.

Timothy S (3)
Tuesday May 28, 2013, 6:25 pm
Signed and noted Thanks you

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 2:05 am

Syd H (0)
Wednesday May 29, 2013, 11:36 am
I do not believe this case has anything to do with homophobia, as some folks on here are trying to make out. It is simply following and upholding the laws of the nation, which in most civilised countries state that an adult OVER the statutory age of consent, should NOT / must NOT have a sexual relationship (either heterosexual or homosexual) with a child BELOW the statutory age of consent. It appals me to see so many of you are quite happy to be signing this petition.
Would YOU also have signed a similar petition, had this been a case of an 18 year old MAN having a heterosexual relationship with a 14 or 15 year old girl. If you would not, then you are hypocrits.
However if you did sign the above petition and would be prepared to sign the hypothetical petition I mention, that just makes you little or no different to Kaitlyn Hunt who is a paedophile.

Renata K (43)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 11:43 am
No I'm not the sick person here. Sorry. Although teens have sex around the age of 12 nowadays and it is a wide-spread phenomenon, it doesn't mean that it is right or healthy. This is a fast world and kids are pressed to do things at a much younger age nowadays than when I was the same age but I still think they should be allowed to have a CHILDhood. Period. And no, I don't support gay relationships, and you can call me homophobic, but my opinion/facts stated up here has nothing to do with them being gay or not. She had sex with a minor, which is illegal. Period. Oh, gays want equality, then they should have it. If she were an 18-year-old male, she would already be in prison, she would be a pedophile, a rapist and who knows what else, condemned, having to bear the same shame for the rest of his life, etc.
Why is Kaitlyn an exception? Because she is a woman? Or because she is fashionably gay? Both groups are exceptionally protected nowadays, which is unfair, and men are presented to be stupid and helpless even in the media, and seem to be suppressed, along with traditional values. I'm really sorry for them, and don't like how women act nowadays: harsh, masculine, loud, aggressive, arrogant, and I can go on, and they shed a bad light on the rest of the female population. Women should be the ones keeping families together, they are the center of the family.
But parents, no matter if they are males or females seem to forget to RAISE their kids, too. Being a parent involves many responsibilities, including giving the kids moral guidance and disciplining them. Nowadays parents are fooled by kids and kids raise parents. They can do basically whatever they want and parents just open their arms and shrug their shoulders: "What can I do, you know how teenagers are like hehehe..." WRONG! Parents are adults and they are just kids/teens, for God's sake!
And yes, you signing this petition are hypocrits or not thinking. And FYI, I'm happily married to a MAN, didn't start living a sexual life until I was 18, I don't brag about my hundreds of sexual partners because I have had few and I'm proud of it, and this is exactly how I AND MY HUSBAND want to RAISE (!) OUR KIDS in OUR FAMILY.

Alet Coetzee (59)
Saturday June 1, 2013, 12:52 pm

Tim M (0)
Monday June 3, 2013, 3:27 pm
BRAVO...... To all those that are using common sense to be your guide and not the latest get on board trend. A child is a child and the adult is the adult. Guess What,,,,= gay guy here who believed the parent is the adult and the child is the child. The parents has the rights and the child is their responsibility. The laws are in place to protect the children. Don not care straight, gay or one eyed one horned flying purple people eater. At the age of 18 you are considered an adult. Below that you are not. If the parents wish to have an adult prosecuted then so be it, it is their child. Where was the 18 year old parents to say hey what you are doing is now wrong as that she is a child. Lets use some freaking common sense here for heavens sake, stop blaming everyone but those responsible. whats next do we recognize NAMBLA....

Tim M (0)
Monday June 3, 2013, 3:31 pm
Oh by the way... from a common sense gay man.... being gay does not give you the right to claim discrimination every time you bat your eyes...

Andrea Nemec (213)
Monday June 24, 2013, 5:28 am
Noted and signed! Thanks!
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