Law needs to be changed
I would like to comment on an article in the Jan. 13 Garden Island newspaper, “Kauai sex offender arrested.”
The perpetrator was 21 years old, the victim possibly 14 years old. For your information, in Hawaii a 14-year-old can legally consent to sex with a person up to five years older. So the 21-year-old is in trouble in this situation. What about a 21-year-old able to buy liquor and seducing a 16-year-old? He or she is in the five-year law.
Does anyone else see a problem with this law? So, legally, a 19-year-old can have sex with a 14-year-old if they give their consent. A 14-year-old, in my opinion, is not mature enough to make that decision.
Is a 14-year-old able to parent a child, in the case of a pregnancy? This is a possibility. Is a 14-year-old able to support a child? In the case of impregnating someone five years older? Of course not!
This is a terribly irresponsible law, and very troubling that no politician has addressed it. Do they not have teenage children? Most states have a more-common-sense law of 18 being the consenting age for sex.
This is, in my opinion, the right thing to do for our teenage children.
Linda Bothe, Kalaheo