Tonight’s Stossel is all about sex and the law. (FBN @9pm ET) What are the rules? I tackle several thorny issues, such as “don’t ask, don’t tell,” decency standards for broadcast television, pornography, and the age of consent.
What is the age when you a free to make your own decision about having sex? Age of consent varies by state, as the map shows:
Teens often don’t know – and neither do their parents – that if they are the “wrong” age, having sex can land them in jail. It can also put them on a sex offender registry. One of tonight’s guests, Frank Rodriguez, had no idea that having sex with his high school sweetheart was a crime. He was a 19 year-old senior and his sweetheart, Nikki, was a 15 year-old freshman. Nikki’s mom knew they were having sex and even bought Nikki birth control pills, but after a nasty fight with her daughter, she reported the couple to the police. Frank was charged with “sexual assault of a child.”
What happened next is hard to believe. Frank’s story, and other stories of government intrusion of the most intimate kind are my topic tonight.