She Had Teenage Sex; Now She's a Mom and a Sex Offender for Life: Marshall Project


From the Marshall Project

Shawna isn't some serial rapist or violent pedophile, but a young woman who happened to hook up with the wrong guy when she was 19 and he, it turned out, was 14. Fifteen years later, condemned to life on the sex offender registry, she still pays the price for that mistake every day. Her story raises important questions about who gets labeled a sexual predator and the penalties we impose on them.

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