This would be the confluence of mandatory reporting (as is typical for known or suspected child abuse), and the age of consent for sex being 18 in Oregon. (All sexual between minors is legally considered sexual abuse, they apparently do not have a clear Romeo & Juliet clause for small age differences.)
While most would say teenagers should *not* be having sex, making an ideal the law is generally not a good idea…. That is making it public policy to criminalize common human behaviour, that has repercussions that would be against other good public policy planning…...
How are these kids supposed to have frank talk with, or ask frank questions of, trusted school staff about sex-ed, like safe-sex, without worrying that that they won't be reported to the authorities? Will they have to couch it in terms like "hey, cool math teacher, I was hoping you could help me a little with a project on sex-ed that I have for biology/phys-ed?", would the best practices to follow this policy mean that that math teacher follow up with the other teacher and enquire if there is such a project?
You can't have a conversation about safe sex, or related topics, without talking about sex. And that should tell whoever the teen is talking to that if they haven't had sex they are certainly thinking about having it.
And if the authorities follow up on it will one (the older?) or both teens be charged and ended up on sex-offender registries for the rest of their lives…. Those registries are usually quite strict.
Edited by sierraleone, 04 November 2017 - 08:20 AM.