“This is my first time here. I’m a straight A student. I am a senior and plan on going to college….once I get out of this mess. This is a bump in the road. A speed bump. I was in Gerarch JDC twice. I had trouble and was accused of a sexual crime. Later I was found to be not guilty. She was 9 or 10—I was 11 or 12. 18 months ago this week I was convicted of indecent nudities with a minor. She was 15—I was 16. I’m from Chinoot, Kansas. This time I broke probation and was fired from my job for sexual harassment. I asked the girl I work with on a date outside of work and I was caught looking at porn. Not sure how long I’m in here for now. They haven’t given me a date. On the 12th I am either sentenced to YCAT or a foster home. I had counseling. I successfully finished my sexual counseling…but not quite. I had two more sessions but I blew it.
Kansas law says you can’t have any relations if you are 16 and your girlfriend is 15.
My step-father physically and sexually abused me. He started showing me porn when I was in 4th grade.
At home I live with my Dad and my step-mom and step-brother. Dad visits. He is an iron worker. My step-mom stays home and does school work for college. I hang out by myself or upstairs. Kansas law says you can’t have any relations if you are 16 and your girlfriend is 15 (Romeo and Juliet laws). Her parents found out. My step-father physically and sexually abused me. He started showing me porn when I was in 4th grade. My step-dad lives in Texas and was never charged. I reported it to my therapist, but my mom lied and told the therapist it never happened. There is a court order that I can’t see her. Here I’ve been going to church. I read my bible daily. I’m going to lead a clean life and stop messing up.”
–D.D., Age 17, Johnson County Juvenile Detention, Olathe, Kansas