Discuss about the Reviewing Law on Sex with Minors for Social Media.
Sex with minors is a crime in almost all countries of the world. Additionally, sharing pornographic photos of children or sexting is also a crime. In recent times, and with the advancement in technology, more importantly, social media, there are increased cases of such offenses (Wittes, Poplin, Jurecic, & Spera, 2016). Also, the judgment passed on the convict appears to be lenient to the eyes of the public. Thus, it is important to look at factors that one must put into considerations in reviewing the existing laws. Broadly, the factors appear to involve judicial precedents, studying the current law and making the necessary improvement in a way that the law remains fair but not influenced by the public pressure.
Review of the Law
Firstly, Singapore as a state forbids sex with children under the age of 16 years. The act is a crime, and in recent times, the public is at the forefront in pressurizing the government to legislate tougher laws than the existing ones. Specifically, sex under the age of 16 is illegal. Additionally, making love with minors under the age of 14 years is rape even if the child gives consent. The law argues that children below that age are not capable of consent for sex. Moreover, the law forbids sharing of pornographic materials that involves minors, in any platform, especially, on social media (MOHAN, 2016)). These laws appear to sit not so well with the public, and they have a call for their repeal or rather an improvement to make them tougher. Thus, what are factors that one ought to consider in reviewing the laws?
One of the most common ways of determining whether the law or judgment is just and fair is by looking at judicial precedents. These are previous convictions to cases that appear similar (Radics, 2013)). In a recent case that involves a martial art instructor, Joshua Robinson, who serves a four-year sentence for having sex with two 15 years old children appears lenient to the public. Additionally, the instructor is in prison for sharing pornographic photos that involve minors. Even though the public sees the punishment as not fair, considering the magnitude of the crime, judicial precedents are actually in line with the verdict (Chua, Chu, Yim, Chong, & Teoh, 2014). The office of the attorney general argues in responding to the public outcry, states that the judgment is fair and in line with the existing law. The public is of the opinion that the instructor ought to have been given tougher punishment which includes canning, thus, putting pressure on the judicial system to review the law.
Another factor that needs to be put into consideration, as far as reviewing the law is concerned is the different classes that exist about sex with minors. In carrying out the offense, various incidents call for non-uniformity in the passing of judgment. Firstly, there is sex with minors that involve violence. Another one is that which include gang rape and also one that inflicts pain or injures the victim (Terry, 2012). In addition to that, there may be a situation where the person charged with a responsibility of protecting the child is the one committing such an offense. Therefore, in reviewing the law on sex with the kids, the various classes need to be a factor to be considered in an attempt to make laws that are just and fair to both parties.
Lastly, as laws serve the public, it is important to include the public in reviewing the laws on sex with minors as they form part of those directly affected by the very laws in practice. In addition to that, Singapore minister of justice also believes that it is pivotal in including the public in reviewing laws on sex with children (Vendius, 2015). However, this is not to say that the public need to influence the judicially in coming up with laws on sex with minors yet they are not legal experts in any way.
Thus, there are several factors necessary to be put into consideration in reviewing laws involving sex with children. In Singapore, the law is against a person having sex with a child under the age of 16. In addition to that, the law is tougher for those having sex with minors below the age of 14 is it considered as rape. In reviewing the law on sex with minors, it is important to consider judicial precedents, the different classes under which the sex laws with children falls and lastly, factor in public views on the same. The review of the law is crucial because the public believes that the law is too lenient to the convicts.
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