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Hundreds of Missouri's 15-Year-Old Brides May Have Married Their Rapists

Society & Culture  (tags: culture, dishonesty, humans, freedoms )

- 393 days ago -
Strawn thought he had been doing right by his 15-year-old daughter, Heather, only to realize too late what a massive mistake he had made bringing her to Missouri - the easiest place in America for a 15-year-old to wed.


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Phyllis P (232)
Monday March 19, 2018, 7:46 pm
"I love my daughter very much and never would I do anything to intentionally harm her or put her in harm's way," Strawn implored the judge at his May 2016 sentencing inside Idaho's Fremont County Courthouse. "At the time I thought I was making the right decision, but after looking back I realize that that was the wrong decision, and I regretfully made that decision in duress."

But the judge was having none of it. The facts of the case were clear.

Heather Strawn was 14 years old when she became pregnant by her then 24-year-old boyfriend, Aaron Seaton, who had plied her with alcohol before having sex with her inside his camper parked next to the I-I Fly shop in Ashton, Idaho.

Across the nation, that is statutory rape.

Phyllis P (232)
Monday March 19, 2018, 7:48 pm
From 1999 to 2015, more than 1,000 15-year-olds married in Missouri. Of those, The Kansas City Star's review of data shows, more than 300 married men age 21 or older, with some in their 30s, 40s and 50s. Assuming they had premarital sex, those grooms would be considered rapists.

The definitions of statutory rape and other child sex crimes vary from state to state. Missouri defines statutory rape as anyone 21 or older having sex with someone under 17 outside of marriage. Within marriage, sex with a minor is legal. But not before.

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Monday March 19, 2018, 9:24 pm
Unbelievable. Horrible

Doris F (19)
Monday March 19, 2018, 11:19 pm

Animae C (509)
Tuesday March 20, 2018, 3:14 am
ATROCIOUS!!! This in the land of the free?????
How about some laws to protect your children America?!?

Animae C (509)
Tuesday March 20, 2018, 3:15 am

Derek Richardson (192)
Tuesday March 20, 2018, 5:39 am
Noted, thank you.

Derry Richardson (38)
Tuesday March 20, 2018, 5:55 am
,Thank you, noted.

David C (78)
Tuesday March 20, 2018, 2:29 pm
Missouri has some very archaic beliefs and laws.....

Ben O (135)
Wednesday March 21, 2018, 8:18 am

Joanna M (139)
Wednesday March 21, 2018, 8:22 am
"Heather Strawn was 14 years old when she became pregnant by her then 24-year-old boyfriend, Aaron Seaton, who had plied her with alcohol before having sex with her inside his camper parked next to the I-I Fly shop in Ashton, Idaho. " -- Legally, this may be statutory rape; but it is really not possible to force alcohol down someone's throat. What happened is the man offered it, and Heather willingly took it, because she considered him her "boyfriend." Yes, he was in the wrong, trying to get anyone drunk for sex, let alone a 14-year-old; but it wouldn't have happened if Heather hadn't allowed it to. I am not trying to "victim blame," as some will insist, but rather pointing out that this whole situation was quite avoidable. Unfortunately, no matter how hard we try, there will always be men out there trying to take we need to focus equally on making sure our young girls know how to take care of themselves as best as possible.

Joanna M (139)
Wednesday March 21, 2018, 8:25 am
Anyone notice that in EACH of the example couples cited in the article, they followed up their initial pregnancies with stairstep other babies? Even married with a child, there is no reason the young mothers couldn't stay in high school; however, with each subsequent child, that becomes more difficult and unlikely.

Mitchell D (82)
Wednesday March 21, 2018, 8:42 am
Yeah, I think Ben put it well.

Roberto MARINI (88)
Wednesday March 21, 2018, 9:22 am
noted thanks

Maria Papastamatiou (4)
Wednesday March 21, 2018, 1:09 pm

Spy K (224)
Wednesday March 21, 2018, 5:34 pm
thanks------so noted------WOW---and WTH-------had just been wondering about all the 'sanctity of marriage' blither blather from self pro-claimed mega xtians that we heard in opposition to same sex marriage------where is it re; 45s personal life------and situations like this------LOL

Caroline S (78)
Thursday March 22, 2018, 2:07 am
?????????Unbelievable }:-((

Winn Adams (179)
Thursday March 22, 2018, 12:02 pm
Sick, disgusting and despicable

Phyllis P (232)
Thursday March 22, 2018, 4:14 pm
I posted a story on Facebook a few weeks about under age human trafficking. The statistics said that most men who pay for underage sex, is your every day individual who you would least expect.

Angela J (61)
Thursday March 22, 2018, 7:37 pm

MmAway M (522)
Friday March 23, 2018, 1:46 am
I'm speechless and shuddering!
Can't really say here what I'm thinking, but I will write you on your forward on this dear Phyllis!

WOW I normally don't get to messages, you caught me! SO HORRIFIC THO!

MmAway M (522)
Friday March 23, 2018, 1:49 am
BTW ~ Not a shocker to me in that State! I would of expected this out of ARK! All States here lately are truly mucked up and we have one ....leader!

Mike M (38)
Friday March 23, 2018, 5:55 am
Welcome to modern America. Home of Trump the supreme idiot and his dysfunctional rabid group of followers and the great Christian revival. Just not enough drugs, booze and hate to go around. Inbreed stupidity and the fascination of saying or doing anything you want on electronic devices with false names and ID's and getting the attention you need. Looking for a new home!

KimJ M (5)
Friday March 23, 2018, 9:35 am

KimJ M (5)
Friday March 23, 2018, 9:35 am

Mandi T (366)
Saturday March 24, 2018, 11:50 am
Disgusting :-(

Lindsay K (6)
Saturday March 24, 2018, 2:15 pm
Noted. These girls are children, still. They may feel themselves to be grownup, but that is precisely why there are laws to protect them. Their parents should, too.

Naomi Dreyer (43)
Saturday March 24, 2018, 6:36 pm
Hmmmm. The girl Heather insisted that she cared for Seaton

. (0)
Sunday March 25, 2018, 5:11 am

pam w (139)
Sunday March 25, 2018, 6:33 am
These ''brides'' will never know their full potential...shackled to a husband and babies while still in their teens.

Connie O (45)
Sunday March 25, 2018, 9:07 am

Richard A (2)
Sunday March 25, 2018, 2:25 pm
Thank you for bringing this forward.
This is shameful.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Monday March 26, 2018, 7:34 am

TOM TREE (247)
Monday March 26, 2018, 11:43 am

ewoud k (68)
Monday March 26, 2018, 2:45 pm
Hard to believe...
but still....

Joanna M (139)
Tuesday March 27, 2018, 8:48 am
@ Mike M - This is not a Trump thing. Sadly, the kinds of people who believe this is a good thing would continue to believe that no matter who was in office.

Spy K (224)
Wednesday March 28, 2018, 5:37 pm
Re: Joanna M @ MIKE M------sure but 45 has brought them to the forefront & gives a warped sense of legitimacy to their backwards thinking---(Charlottesville VA?)-----in general the world is moving fwd without them----they use modern tech but archaic social norms----will never forget right after "access hollywood" tape came out trumppence yard signs sprouted like mushrooms------and NOT in yards of anyone kind or considerate----and i am about as white & quiet as possible---LOL-----could join DAR if want------imagine if muslim

Beryl Ludwig (78)
Thursday March 29, 2018, 1:34 am
How disgustang. I feel sorry for this girl and for her babies😩

Angela J (61)
Thursday March 29, 2018, 9:23 pm

Ruth R (246)
Friday March 30, 2018, 10:23 pm
Where are the petitions?

Marija M (25)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 1:14 pm

S J (124)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 3:16 pm
what is to be done for them? meowww Phyllis

Roberto MARINI (88)
Friday April 6, 2018, 8:42 am
thanks for sharing

Ruth R (246)
Friday April 6, 2018, 6:33 pm
What about a petition to say you have to wait until you are a certain age before you get married?
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