With all the stories of (usually) teenage girls meeting some stranger over the Internet, I just wanted to make this statement. The girls know exactly what they are doing and therefore should be held just as accountable as the guys. Teens have been doing the same thing long before the Internet and just because they aren’t 18 yet doesn’t mean they don’t know what they are doing and what they expect to happen.
The recent story of the 15 year old girl that ran off with a guy she met on the Internet is a case in point. The girl met the guy on the Internet and thought he was “only” in his 20s. She ran away from home to be with him, telling her friends she was “running away for love”. Regardless of whether he was in his 20s or 40s, she knew he was over 18 and therefore knew that if anything happened, it was illegal.
I think she should be charged with something. Granted, the guy is a registered sex offender with a prior history but the girl is equally at fault. In this day and age, you should know about online predators. It would be different (perhaps) if she thought he was also under 18 but she didn’t; she knew he was at least 20. I don’t know if she misrepresented her age but if so, she should be held accountable for misleading him.
I just think that both parties need to be held accountable for their actions. At a minimum, the girl should have to pay back the costs of the Amber Alert and associated searches after she was reported missing.