Could we get any more hysterical about sex in this country?
Here's the story in the North Carolina newspaper:
After a 16-year-old Fayetteville girl made a sexually explicit nude photo of herself for her boyfriend last fall, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office concluded that she committed two felony sex crimes against herself and arrested her in February.
The girl was listed on a warrant as both the adult perpetrator and the minor victim of two counts of sexual exploitation of minor - second-degree exploitation for making her photo and third-degree exploitation for having her photo in her possession.
A conviction could have put the girl in prison and would have required her to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.
Get that? She's being considered a child victim, but simultaneously an adult criminal, for the same incident: taking a picture of herself.
As the 16-year-old 'adult,' she's considered a sex offender for taking a picture of herself, for taking advantage of herself, as a crime against herself as a 16-year-old child. Crazy, isn't it? Even in the South, how could they be this insane?
Her boyfriend, who was also 16 at the time, also faces charges, "possible prison time and the requirement to register as a sex offender if convicted." For having the picture in his possession that she sent him!
You want to know what's even weirder? The age of consent is 16 in North Carolina - and younger than that for teens who are less than four years apart in age - so it would be perfectly legal if they were having sex.
But this young woman can't even take a picture of herself without being considered a sex offender! She's considered a child when it comes to sex and an adult when it comes to criminal activity, even when that 'criminal activity' is just taking a picture of herself!
Also, keep in mind that, according to the Sheriff, these pictures weren't being shown to anyone else. This was entirely a private matter between two sixteen-year-olds.
Jebus! And I thought the Janet Jackson nip slip incident had been hysterically blown out of proportion. That's nothing compared to this. America, huh?