- What does the article teach us about the uses of survey research?
- What are the implications of the authors' research in this article for the criminal justice system?
I won't be using surveys for my research; I am looking at a series of past actions and trying to determine if a political agenda made a difference on the targets of the actions. A survey wouldn't add any information for me, I'm sorry.
(all these incidences are where the children are 10 or younger)
-a little girl draws on a desk, and gets arrested and handcuffed
-a little boy is suspended from school for eating a sandwich "into the shape of a gun"
-a little boy is labeled as a sex offender for kissing a little girl on the cheek; had he touched her on the privates, or simulated sexual activity towards her, I could see some kind of intervention; not in this case, and not in the way they handled it.
It just seems to me overall that the burrocrats of our society are ignoring real problems and are harassing citizens for no just cause.
The issue of teen sex is pretty complicated; the whole reason you have an age of consent is the idea that a girl is not mature enough to make informed decisions about sex under a certain age. I know there are many differences in state laws about how this is applied, and becomes even more complicated with close-in-age exemptions. ( I guess this compensates for the idea that a boy of a certain age isn't competent re: sex decisions either) Finally, there is the consideration that kids of that age are hormone-addled to begin with