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Re: “Albany: A Seething Caldron of Lust?

Kay Sorg was my science teacher back in 1982 if you can believe that. She was a motivator and a teacher a child could rely upon to treat them fairly and tell them the truth. As one person already commented, Kay is a definite eccentric and she often went in the face of the school establishment to support good principles. This did not make Kay popular with the administration, but it endeared her to her students and taught them to be strong in the face of adversity. Although I did not become a scientist or make science my chosen career, Kay inspired me to use the scientific method and utilize scrutiny and discernment before I judge a situation. We are all shocked at a gut level whenever we hear of any form of child abuse, especially if it is sexual. However, we are so typically distanced from the actual circumstances of a case of alleged abuse, that we express fear only at the concept of child sexual abuse and do not scrutinize what actually took place between the individuals in question. I wish to express my belief that these allegations are false and that the incidents never took place. I do not feel that Kay is physically or mentally capable of coercing a teenager into having unwanted sexual relations with her. If any sexual relations did take place, they were completely consensual. Here is where we run into a snag in relation to the law. A child 14 years and younger is legally considered incapable of giving consent for many things, but especially sex. As the child ages from 15 to 18 years old, adulthood, their ability to give consent legally increases until at age 18 they are recognized as adults and legally capable of giving full consent. In practice, many children in their teenage years understand the implications of having sex, including with an adult which they admire or to which they are attracted. Although their decision to have sex may not be as well formulated as an adult's, if the encounter is consensual between both parties, it should be recognized by such. Keep in mind that the courts have a test to determine in cases of juvenile violence whether or not the perpetrator can be tried as an adult, based on whether the juvenile shows an understanding of what he or she was doing at the time. So should there be a test in sexual encounters between adults and children to determine if there was mutal consent to have sex. An immature decision to have sex is not a nonconsenting decision to have sex. A teenager may or may not be mentally capable of giving consent, and the court needs to determine that. I find it curious that this young woman is reporting these alleged crimes so long after they occurred. I wonder what is motivating her. Money? Having been arrested for a crime herself and wanting to divert attention from herself? There are a number of unwholesome reasons for wanting to bring another person down. Proper investigative journalism requires all sides of the story to be scrutinized and the available facts supporting and undermining the allegations to be examined. Albany has always been a splendid bedroom community. This sort of sensationalism just dirties what otherwise was the memory of wonderful times growing up and attending school there. When Kay is proven innocent, I hope the creators of this debacle are held to task.

Posted by Ethan S. Hall on 05/09/2007 at 10:39 AM

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