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The ratio of number of residents in zip code 97303 to the number of sex offenders is 4,422 to 1.
The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this zip code is near the state average.
Without other evidence of abuse, mandatory reporters should not report sexually active or pregnant minors to the Statewide Central Register.” The Effect on Youth Advocates We can see the harmful effect of such reporting laws on teens who are denied crucial support and treated as delinquents.
But it isn’t only youth who suffer under the criminalization of teen sex.
As the Salem-Keizer situation reminds us, teachers can also be harmed when they are forced out of an educational role and into a policing one.
Additionally, reproductive health-care providers have long been, “aiding or intentional toleration of a parent or caretaker of the child’s sexual involvement with any other person.” Since that “any other person” could easily be another teen, parents who don’t report in those situations could face criminal charges.
Others determine that all underage sex, even if it occurs consensually between teens of the same age, should be reported.
According to “School professionals who have reasonable cause to believe a student under the age of 16 years has had sexual contact or intercourse with another person, where the student claims the sexual contact or intercourse is consensual, must still report this behavior to the county [child protective services] or local law enforcement agency.” This trend to include statutory rape in reporting requirements began in 1998 when that required federally funded health clinic workers to report statutory rape of minor clients was introduced.
Yet what we have seen time and time again is that laws and regulations like these push teen sex underground.