How accountable and for how long should an individual be held responsible for a past transgression? If the transgression was conducted while of minor age, how much, if any, accountability should be carried into adult life?
Moreover, how much weight should a prior transgression carry based upon whether or not there is an adult pattern that fits the lewd action as a minor? Is there still such a thing as forgiveness? How about manning up to actions of the past and seeking atonement?
And more importantly, could any formality stand in the way of a victim's decision to report an offense? Does the length of time between an offense and the present bear any weight upon the credibility of the victim's report?
I offer these questions for your consideration and discussion in light of events that have occurred, those that are occurring and those that will come.