Hearts Rage For Change on Statutory Rape Guidelines
  • Petitioned Ernie Lee

This petition was delivered to:

Onslow County District Attorney
Ernie Lee
Onslow County Sherriff
Ed Brown
Onslow County Asssistant District Attorney
Michael Maultsby

Hearts Rage For Change on Statutory Rape Guidelines

    1. Angelina Valdez
    2. Petition by

      Angelina Valdez

      Jacksonville, NC

Many young men are being labeled as "sex offenders" and having to serve time in prison for having "consensual" sex with their girlfriend whom is 3 or more years younger. Young women feel it's a "status symbol" to have a boyfriend that's 3 or more years older than they are and it's causing serious, harmful consequences for young men when they are labeled "rapist!" Consensual sex IS NOT rape!


Please help support the decriminalization of a common behavior among children. Seventeen to nineteen years old is not by any stretch of the imagination an adult and sexual relationships in teenage years while not ideal ought not be punished with felony charges.

Your support in signing this petition is greatly appreciated!

Recent signatures


    1. Just posted website info on false information

      Angelina Valdez
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Supporters,
      The information I just posted was found on the Onslow County website. My son has been incarcerated for 14 months now, and none of what they say is true. He's locked in his cell the majority of the day...no job assigned, allowed to shower 3 times a week, including those days to make phone calls, gives him an hour; maybe 2 hours if they are feeling nice. So pretty much they are in lock down. Trying to get the right medical care one needs is not an easy task, despite letters from his therapist on the care he needed and still needs. As of today 9-27-12 the whole jail (including the women's section) has been without hot water. This is a new jail that cost 57 million dollars, and opened in July 2012 for the inmates. Now the sheriff of the county has regulated the hours an attorney can visit with their client and to make matters worse they have to talk to them through a recorded phone/screen system. The exact way a visitor has to visit. This is a violation of their rights

    2. False Information

      Angelina Valdez
      Petition Organizer

      Life In Jail / What Its Like
      Daily Life
      Everyone knows that being incarcerated in the Onslow County jail is very scary, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you. You should expect an alarm for wake-up at 6:00AM, and then roll call. You will then get breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will be required to work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out.

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Krista McBride COLUMBIA, SC
      • almost 2 years ago

      Even tho I'm 20 now and never been sexually active, my boyfriend is five years older me. We have only been together for a few months, but know we love each other and will be married someday. Love does not know age, distance, race or time, if it's true, it's good. My grandparents met when my grandma was 13 and he was 18, they were married two years later. My aunt married her "high-school" sweetheart right after graduation, she was 18, he was 24. Now, granted there are cases when rape occurs & someone who is 12, 13 or 14 is not really old enough but 15? 16? 17? Yes, they know. They shouldn't go to jail for being in love. 95% of the time statutory rape is how parents can push apart a couple that don't like.

    • Abbey Hoffman LIBERTY CENTER, OH
      • about 2 years ago

      I have a friend who was in a relationship when he was 19 and she was 16, for 2 years, (so when she was 14 he was 17) Freshman/Senior senario. They had been having sex for a year, no big deal, her parents find out, THEY press charges, and he is sent to jail. RIDICULOUS.

    • Cyndi Hart JACKSONVILLE, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      I know a few young men in this situation.

    • Gina Lopez ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • about 2 years ago

      I believe it is a statue symbol. It is in our nature, as women, to date men older than ourselves. Also, if this boy gets convicted of a crime he did not commit, it can negatively affect his life in more ways than one.

    • Theresa Alderete DENVER, CO
      • about 2 years ago

      because we know this individual and his family. I don't think it's wrong when they are young adults and it consential by both parties. you were young once.


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