March 23

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Events

  • 1981 - Not all pedos are created equally - California’s statutory rape law defines the crime as "an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a female not the wife of the perpetrator, where the female is under the age of 18 years." This means a man having sex with a girl is illegal under the statute while a man having sex with a boy is not. The constitutionality of the statue was challenged on grounds of gender discrimination in the case of Michael M. v. Sonoma Superior Court, 450 U.S. 464 (1981). The Superior Court, then California’s state Supreme Court, and finally the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the statute as constitutional. The latter ruled on this date that, because "one of the purposes of the California statute ... is the prevention of illegitimate teenage pregnancies" and to protect girls from "sexual intercourse and pregnancy at an age when the physical, emotional, and psychological consequences are particularly severe" and because boys do not get pregnant, the "gender classification is not invidious, but rather realistically reflects the fact that the sexes are not similarly situated in certain circumstances." Not so incidentally, the person charged in the case in question was a 17-year-old boy who had sex with a 16-year-old girl.[1]
  • 2000 - The very blackest of markets - The US Department of State issued an official statement by an official spokesman on this date as a prelude to attending a meeting later in the Month in Manila dealing with trafficking in human beings. The statement reported that in the Asian region alone, it was estimated that as many as 250,000 human beings were being bought and sold each year. The vast majority of those people were women and children, most of whom were being used to provide sexual services.[1]
  • 2002 - Punishment unfit for the crime - A woman in New Orleans was arrested on this date and charged with sexually assaulting her 7-year-old son on numerous occasions. The sex was discovered based on graffiti the boy wrote on his walls at home saying he had had sex with her. The woman was charged with "aggravated rape," which carried a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole. Prosecutors also had the option of seeking the death penalty because the law allowed it in any case where the victim is younger than 12.[1]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Author unknown. "This Day In Pedo History: March 23", 2003. Retrieved on 3-10-15. 


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