As an educator who has worked with many troubled teenaged girls, I have a lot to say about Stacey Rambold, the sentence Judge Baugh gave him for illegally engaging in sex with a 14 year old girl, and a Washington Post opinion that sex between teachers and underage students really should be considered consensual. “Furious”, however, is not a state of mind conducive to righting long blog posts, so I’ve yet to effectively put my thoughts there into words.
I would, however, like to note a somewhat marginal side issue – Montana voters and legislators have decided repeatedly that minor females must notify their parents before having access to their constitutionally guaranteed reproductive freedoms. The only safety valve for girls whose extenuating but non-emergency circumstances make such notification inappropriate or even dangerous? The ability of the judiciary to wisely, sensitively, and impartially evaluate the interests of 13-17 year old girls in matters related to sex and their bodies. In light of the fact that that Todd Baugh is still a sitting judge in the state of Montana, is anyone willing re-consider the wisdom of this position?