So did I get you to question what you know of the law?  Or are you busy watching the games?  Well, I promise not to take up too much of your time with the serious stuff, and as soon as the Sunday Night Football game comes on, I’ll be ready to put this stuff on the shelf just for a little while, so that I could enjoy the game.  After all, there’s only so much time one can focus on changing the world.  For the record, that’s what my ex-boyfriend said was wrong with me (among other things), that I would always try to change the world.  Trust me, I’m slowly trying to accept that there’s very little one can do, but along the way, I’m still mindful that if we want to see a change, we have to look at ourselves and ….

Statutory rape laws by the based on the premise that until a person reaches a certain age, that individual is legally incapable of consenting to sexual intercourse.  So getting back to my earlier article, I never had intercourse when I was just twelve years old, so maybe I wasn’t raped.  Maybe I just thought that’s what it was because I was forced to do things that were sort of ….. Gosh, this is so confusing.  I mean even the former president of the United States didn’t have a definition of sexual relations that many people understand.  Should we  be operationally defining rape?  It’s sort of hard to do when someone’s life is on the line, and they might get sentenced to thirty years.  Should be somewhat ‘black and white,’ don’t you think?

If I ever get back to my doctorate studies, I think I might look to tackle the issues of consent laws, why they are completely abstract and look to understand just what happened along the way when we as a society looked to create a justice system that was based on fairness for all, but somehow became a bit gray.  Is an athlete who plays professional basketball, accused of rape by his ex-girlfriend going to receive due process?  What if he has a hefty bank account?  Will he be able to buy off the witnesses?  Should he be able to do so?  What about the guy who takes you out for drinks, and wants you to loosen up just because that’s what people do when they go out?  Years ago didn’t people just drink socially and make it appoint to loosen up or what to have their dates become less inhibited?  Is that wrong?

According to RAINN ( www.rainn.org ), “the legal definitions of terms like rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse vary from state to state.”  Should these laws be universally defined so that we, as a society, understand and absorb them?