In May 2004, the Georgia Supreme Court overturned Dixon’s conviction, stating that he should’ve been prosecuted on the lesser charge of misdemeanor statutory rape, which carries a maximum sentence of one year.
He walked out of prison on May 3, 2004, at age 19, a free man.
In any given conversation with groups of youth, I can expect to hear continual references to step-parents, step-siblings, and half-siblings.
Divorce is a way of life down here – albeit one that has taken its toll in the lives of the young people that will make up the next generation.
All of that sneaking around led to bad decisions, bad headaches and a nagging part of my brain that wonders if teenagers would be better served to learn how to drink responsibly well before they turn 21.
Parents feel strongly about their parenting decisions, especially ones involving the health and well-being of their children.
Tweet I have a bone to pick with young, socially conservative Americans, and I know it’s something that will get under your skin.
Just sit tight, though, and hear me out, because the elephant in our tidy little room is starting to tear things up.
And, of course, there were six packs of beer purchased by older siblings of friends and hundreds of other ways to figure out ways to drink before that seemingly-far-away 21st birthday.
However, while I could certainly write extensively on my experience with the negative effects of divorce on children and on society at large, I actually want to address something else entirely.
I have concerns about the number one way that our culture chooses to perpetuate the cancer of broken marriages and failed relationships– underage dating.
At one point she and her husband frequently used alcohol to decompress from their at-home computer programming and design jobs.
She believes that modeling behavior is an important part of parenting and that arbitrary rules aren't necessarily good teaching tools.