It’s been a very busy few weeks for us here, as we ready ourselves for our interview with ‘The Doctor’.
When I think of The doctor I tend to think of this guy, above…because, well, I’m a nerd. And I love scarves and time travel. But this guy isn’t really a doctor. Or this guy below, again because I’m a nerd…and William Shatner was once cute.
But the real doctors, those with degrees, experience, research and passion for science are rarely listened to by our courts. We KNOW that the human brain continues to grow and mature to at least the mid twenties. Study after study shows excessive impulsivity, lack of registering consequences, and general lack of maturity. We often call this ‘angst’ or ‘naivete’ when referring to the group of men aged from the upper teens to middle twenties.
Yet this group is consistently one of the highest represented in arrests and prosecution for police proactive stings. Easily argued that they are entrapped, not because they are looking for children, but due to their angst and naivete.
In the state of Washington there are a number of possible options for judges to reduce sentences from a standard range. One of those is youth as a mitigating factor. But many judges refuse to use the option for fear of looking soft on crime. Instead of acknowledging brain and social science, which well documents reasons for leniency for youth, they feel compelled to send a then 20 year old to prison for a decade or more. Marked with a class A felony for life, these youth have really no hope of even coming close to realizing their potential in their lifetime.
Truly these sentences and purposeful entrapments are the crime here, not the men going on adult sites looking for adult companionship.
Many of you have been reading this blog, and our story, for years now. I started this to reach out to others for information, understanding, support. We did the New York Times article to reach a broader group. We are currently taping for a television interview. Our hope is to raise public awareness to these practices – so much so that eventually law enforcement are forced to stop them altogether. I know I am aiming high, but we can only go up after being falsely accused as a person looking to harm children!
In the month of December you should all see our story again in the news and on TV. This time, we will get Dr. Phil’s (also not a real doctor) perspective. I’m excited to hear what the doctor thinks. Wish us luck!