Editorial - The consequences of sex
When it comes to teen pregnancy, teachers who provide family life education in local schools see a pattern: Teenage girls who are physically mature for their age and men in their 20s (or older) who are a little bit immature mentally.
The combination may not hold true for every relationship, but it does hold up often enough that Pennsylvania officials have tried to craft a law that would hold adult men responsible if they have sex with underage girls. But despite what seem (to us) like mighty harsh penalties, it doesn't seem to be working.
How tough is the law? Adult men convicted of having sex with girls under 13 are guilty of rape and face a 20-year prison term. If the girl is 13 to 16 and the male is more than four years older, the crime is sexual assault and there's a 10-year-term attached.