Teen romance is tough enough when you’re not accused of breaking the law.
But that’s exactly the predicament Kaitlyn Hunt, a high school senior from Sebastian, Fla., finds herself in. 16 for dating her girlfriend, who was 14 when the alleged crime was committed.
Florida’s law is at the strict end of the spectrum: if you’re under 16, you can’t technically consent to sex.
There’s sex involved — and underage, lesbian sex at that — along with loud cries of injustice from the family of Kaitlyn Hunt.
Whether or not the charges are fueled by homophobia, of course, is difficult to prove.
“Now she knows that she violated the law, but then it was just a romantic relationship between two girls attending high school together,” she says.
Graves also points out that similar cases between boys and girls seem to have netted more lenient charges.
So many ladies ask me what is up with older men dating younger women.
There is actually an evolutionary psychological theory surrounding this common "phenomenon".
Her father has taken to the Internet in a search for sympathy, posting a petition on calling on Assistant State Attorney Brian Workman to “stop the prosecution of an 18-year-old girl in a same-sex relationship.” More than 300,000 people have signed the petition, one of Change.org’s most popular.
In it, Steven Hunt writes: Kaitlyn’s girlfriend’s parents are pressing charges because they are against the same-sex relationship, even though their daughter has stated that this is a consensual relationship.
Men, who feel they've been "tied down" for far too long or what he considers a marriage of obligation, feel as if he's been cheated of his youth and his "fun years." It's as if he seeks a younger woman to replace his older model (wife) and convince himself somehow that dating a younger woman will bring back his youthfulness and give him a second chance to have fun again.
A gentleman dating a younger woman is not like a time machine.
“She did not want to accept the fact that she’d have a felony record.” Along those lines, the case raises interesting questions of how much teens are expected to know about which relationships are above board and which could land them in jail.