Indiana laws for dating
The new laws, named “Romeo and Juliet laws” after Shakespeare’s tragic teenage lovers, attempt to correct overly harsh penalties and prison terms meted out over the years.In 2007, these laws went into effect in Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, and Texas.An athlete and honor student, Wilson was videotaped at a New Year’s Eve celebration engaging in oral sex and was sentenced to 10 years for aggravated child molestation.After serving jail time from 2003–07, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that Wilson should be released; and this decision was followed by a change in state law that reduced consensual sex between teenagers to a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of one year.When Shakespeare brought Romeo and Juliet to life, he was intentional in choosing two young characters as his protagonists.Then as now, two teenagers having consensual sex is perfectly understandable.Several other states have followed, with about half the states currently having some form of Romeo and Juliet law.In Florida, a 28-year-old man who’d been placed on the state’s sex offender registry was able to remove his name after the passage of Florida’s Romeo and Juliet law in July 2007.
Indiana University Maurer School of Law's Protective Order Project ("POP") assists victims of domestic violence and stalking in seeking relief under the Indiana Civil Protection Order Act (the "Act"), Ind. To receive a protective order under the Act, a person seeking relief (the "Petitioner") must allege that the perpetrator (the "Respondent") committed: "Stalking" means, "A knowing or intentional course of conduct involving repeated or continuing harassment of another person that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, or threatened and that actually causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, or threatened." Ind. ("Course of conduct" means at least two incidents.) "Sex offense" means one of the crimes listed in Ind.The court is also required to hold a hearing in certain circumstances (for example, when the petitioner is asking the court to evict a respondent or to establish parenting time arrangements for children that the parties have together).A Protective Order issued after a hearing - or one issued without a hearing, if no hearing is necessary - ordinarily lasts for two (2) years, unless the judge decides on a different duration.For teenagers who are gay or lesbian and engage in consensual sex, the laws are much tougher.A 2004 case heard by the Kansas Supreme Court had civil libertarians and gay rights groups protesting the existence of a double standard.