Georgia Woman Faces Eviction Because Of Decade-Old Sex Act
Wendy Whitaker had consensual oral sex with her boyfriend when she was 17 and he was three weeks shy of his 16th birthday. She was convicted of sodomy in 1997 as a result, had to register as a sex offender for life, and can’t live within 1000 feet of schools or churches.
The Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta has filed a suit on her behalf to overturn parts of Georgia’s sex offender registry law, and she has just filed another suit to stop the state from evicting her from her home. She won’t be able to afford both a mortgage and a rent on a new home, so she would have to face foreclosure if she is forced from her house.
Whitaker’s case is reminiscent of that of Genarlo Wilson (r), a Georgia man who got 10 years for consensual sex he also had as a teenager. Wilson was finally freed after serving 2 years, and Whitaker is citing the cruel and unusual punishment in that case which will hopefully help her own cause.
Funny, isn’t it, how we can have an administration that destroys our economic infrastructure and violates the Constitution and escapes punishment and accountability; yet, a woman who had oral sex with her boyfriend stands to lose everything because of a few moments of mutually consensual pleasure.Click here for reuse options!
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