Her new boyfriend had a complicated backstory: He was an American soldier serving in Iraq, and he had a son living in Ghana.But she had revealed to her new online beau how much she wanted children, and soon his 14-year-old son was emailing her.An 18 year-old high schooler dating a 16 year-old is someone who still lives at home, and is part of the same culture as their partner.An 18 year-old in college is someone who probably lives in campus housing, and has a much more independent and adult life than even an 18 year old who is still a high school senior.In a way, it’s refreshing to see so many people allied with Kaitlyn, because her case seems so strongly tinged with homophobia.There’s a petition to help Kaitlyn’s family with legal fees.As for rape of any kind, let alone statutory, since 97% of violent rapists never go to jail, it seems a bit arbitrary to consider sending anyone to jail who was in a completely consensual and non-violent relationship.
Kaitlyn Hunt, a high school senior in Florida, is facing a choice between going to trial and potentially serving up to 15 years in prison as a sex offender, or accepting a plea of two years under house arrest and a year on probation.
“My friends advised me to go online and try to find someone to share my life with,” she says via Skype.
Firefly spent a lot of time on her profile, thinking she needed to be entirely honest and open if she hoped to really connect with someone.
In the end, this isn’t a unique case, it just involves a same-sex couple.
This kind of press doesn’t happen when a parent calls the police on their 16 year-old’s slightly older partner.