U.S. State Laws
U.S. State laws are laws of the 50 states of the U.S. created and enforced independently by each other, and must be distinguished from U.S. Federal laws.
State laws criminalize many forms of sexual behavior, including sexual activity involving "children" or minors below the the age of 18 or the legal age of consent, which differs by each state.
Many people are unaware that the U.S. has 50 distinct legal systems, plus a federal system.
- From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the United States, state law refers to the law of each separate U.S. state.
The fifty American states are separate sovereigns, with their own state constitutions, state governments, and state courts. All states have a legislative branch which enacts state statutes, an executive branch that promulgates state regulations pursuant to statutory authorization, and a judicial branch that applies, interprets, and occasionally overturns both state statutes and regulations, as well as local ordinances. They retain plenary power to make laws covering anything not preempted by the federal Constitution, federal statutes, or international treaties ratified by the federal Senate. Normally, state supreme courts are the final interpreters of state constitutions and state law, unless their interpretation itself presents a federal issue, in which case a decision may be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court by way of a petition for writ of certiorari. State laws have dramatically diverged in the centuries since independence, to the extent that the United States cannot be regarded as one legal system as to the majority of types of law traditionally under state control, but must be regarded as 50 separate systems of tort law, family law, property law, contract law, criminal law, and so on.
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Each state has a separate set of laws relating to "sexual offenses", though they tend to be influenced strongly by the American Legislative Exchange Council ("ALEC") (which has been involved in scandals concerning illegal influence on U.S. congressmen), and by other lobbying groups which gain financially by more and stricter laws, such as the those that are part of the U.S. Prison-industrial complex.
It is very interesting to read the language used in various state laws which criminalize sexual activity engaged in by adults with so-called "children" (minors below the age of consent). One can easily see the influence on the language used in the laws by sexophobes and antisexuals.
The laws have been strongly influenced by psychiatrists and psychologists, who (falsely) claim that sexual activity with young people usually or always causes great harm to the young person.
- Child abuse narrative
- Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
- Whores of the Court (Book)
- The DSM: Psychiatry's Deadliest Scam (film)
- Psychiatry: An Industry of Death (film)
- For one listing of laws by U.S. state (and also of the U.S. federal government), see: