Don’t Prosecute High School Girl for Being in a Same-Sex Relationship

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Target: Indian River County State Attorney’s Office

Goal: Drop charges against high school senior Kaitlyn Hunt for a consensual same-sex relationship

A female student at Florida’s Sebastian River High School  began dating a fellow student she met on her basketball team, and the same-sex relationship has become the subject of  a lot of controversy.  Kaitlyn is a senior in high school and once she turned 18, her girlfriend’s parents brought felony charges of  “sexual battery on a person 12-16 years old” against her. Now, she has been arrested and expelled from school.  The criminal prosecution of this girl for engaging in a consensual same sex relationship is outrageous and public pressure must be applied to drop these charges.

Kaitlyn Hunt was in a consensual relationship with  a  female classmate that began when both girls were minors. At the time, Kaitlyn was 17 and the girl she was dating was a few years younger. After her 18th birthday, Kaitlyn was charged with two felony counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a child by her girlfriend’s parents, even though the girls’ mutual consenting relationship was known to both sets of parents prior to Kaitlyn’s arrest.

This 18 year old girl was simply engaging in a high school relationship, but is now being prosecuted as a felon. She is not a guilty of any crime, and Kaitlyn’s girlfriend has stated that it is a consensual relationship.This conviction would ruin this young girl’s life. Public outcry is needed to fight this injustice. It is a waste of taxes to prosecute an innocent teenager and a disgrace to promote a social climate of intolerance. This petition demands that Indian River County State Attorney’s Office drop the charges against Kate Hunt and allow her to graduate high school.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Indian River County State Attorney’s Office,

Florida high school student Kaitlyn Hunt is being charged with a felony. Hunt was expelled from high school as a result of a consensual, same-sex relationship with another student. The girls’ parents were aware of the consensual relationship, but once Hunt turned 18, her girlfriend’s  parents had her arrested and charged with sexual battery. The criminal prosecution of this girl for engaging in a consensual same sex relationship is outrageous and must be dropped.

This 18-year-old girl was simply having a high school relationship, but is now being prosecuted as a felon. She is not guilty of any crime, as Kaitlyn’s girlfriend has stated that their relationship is consensual. This petition demands Indian River County State Attorney’s Office drop the charges against Kate Hunt and allow her to graduate high school.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: steven.buehler via flickr

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2 Comments

  1. Underage sex is just that and it is against the law regardless of sexual preference. Lets protect the rights of minors

    • Dick Hingson says:

      This particular matter can, and should, be be quickly settled out of court. Those who brought charges must realize the cruel-and-unusual consequences of a draconian law. The penalties simply far exceed any possible damage to society or to an individual. Society needs to find its “bright lines”, but this one should be re-calibrated. The law should be re-examined by the state, possibly as part of a general penal code revision and proportionality review of penalties, which may well be overdue in Florida.

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