Last Tuesday, the Arizona horrifyingly reached a decision that says any contact between child and adult involving genitals will be labeled as a sexual crime (court document here). According to the technicalities of the law, this would include the simple act of changing your baby’s diaper. “Parents and other caregivers” are now considered to be“child molesters or sex abusers under Arizona law.”
Remember, Arizona law is wretched in terms of how strict and immovable it is. While it is likely a parent may get out of the charges, that wouldn’t be until many months of prison time had been served in wait. If convicted under this new statute, a parent could serve up to 5-years.
The erroneously and unfair law began when the state passed laws forbidding “intentionally or knowingly … touching … any part of the genitals, anus or female breast” of a child “under fifteen years of age.” The main problem here is that none of this distinguishes between sexual and non-sexual touching. And leaving such matters vague means the law is sweeping. If there is one thing you don’t want in any society, it is vague, general, sweeping laws. It gives way too much leeway to the powers that be. In this way, the law doesn’t require “sexual touching” to be “child molestation.” This is a real problem, specifically a problem when it comes to parental rights.
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