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The Genarlow Wilson case is still just a wire story in many major papers, but here at Talk we think it's a pretty big deal. Not only are the facts of the case surprising, to say the least, but it has real ramifications for parents and kids everywhere. In Genarlow's case, the two year difference between his age and his partner's meant his condemnation for aggravated child molestation, in spite of her willing compliance... and oral sex carried* a much heavier penalty than sex-sex. Turns out Georgia's not the only state with confusing laws about this... do you know the age of consent rules where you live? Do you make sure your sons and daughters are clear on what's just not a good idea, and what's actually illegal?
*That loophole was fixed with a 2006 law — consensual oral sex between teens is now a misdemeanor, and perpetrators do not register as sex offenders. But it couldn't be applied retroactively to Genarlow.