A Michigan judge threw the book at 19-year-old Zachery Anderson after he admitted to having sex with a 14-year-old girl who claimed to be 17 at the time. This case show us how laws meant to protect children from predators can be used to punish teens for having consensual sex.
It seems like every week, there’s another story in the news about a teacher having sexual contact with a student. Though the circumstances of each case are different, one thing should be clear to us: The young people involved are never at fault.
“End demand” campaigns, like the one suggested in a recent RH Reality Check commentary, are based on the false characterization of clients of sex workers as rapists, and perpetuated by the prostitution-as-violence camp. This is nothing but misogyny, pure and simple.
Spaces for Change, a human rights advocacy group in Nigeria, recently organized a citizens’ forum titled #BeyondTheHashtags “to generate a data bank of [citizens’] concerns” about the abduction of hundreds of the nation’s girls as well as the “rising insurgency in the northern part of the country.”
On Monday, hundreds of women marched in protest to the Lagos state government house to register their displeasure over the seeming inaction of the government to bring back the hundreds of girls who were abducted weeks ago.
On April 14, more than 300 school girls, according to the latest reports, were
kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram from a school in the northeastern Nigerian village of Chibok. The inability of the Nigerian government to recover the girls has led to growing frustration on the ground, and activists have also taken to social media and other platforms to demand action.
On Thursday, the Montana Supreme Court unanimously ruled the one-month sentence given to a former Billings Senior High teacher who raped a former student was too short and ordered the case assigned to a new judge for re-sentencing. The unanimous ruling also reassigned the case to a new judge for sentencing.
With as much emphasis as there has been on the crisis of human trafficking recently, there is almost complete disregard for the unfettered demand that is fueling this multibillion dollar industry. It’s time to collectively demand we hold all exploiters of children accountable, both traffickers and buyers of child sex.
Austin Smith Clem, who only received probation for repeatedly raping his teenage neighbor, will receive a new sentence, following intense public pressure on Judge James Woodruff to issue a more appropriate punishment.
After what feels like years on the defensive, reproductive rights advocates pushed ahead with proposed federal protections for reproductive rights.