During researching information for romance habits of certain eras. I was a little surprised to discover that the dating habits of most modern day people would have landed them in hot water, had they been alive and dating in the 1950’s and 60’s and performing their Notorious “love ’em and leave ’em” it would have landed them at the altar or in jail.
I found many cases where the men went to jail in 1965 for jettisoning or jittering the women after intimacy.
I see, they really meant, “Keep your hands to yourself.” Many states have never repealed these laws. They are still on the books and can be retroacted.
I was familiar with the pregnancy law. But I was not familiar with the full extent of the Seduction Law. A pregnancy did not have to occur for the Seduction Law to apply. If the community [Yeah, other folks were all up in your business] decided your attention looked like seduction to them and you broke up with her, and now she’s going around town boo-whooing and crying; the Seduction Law was pulled out and throw at you, or if you were creeping to see her on the side and she told someone; her family could decide if they wanted you to marry her or wanted you sent off to jail for as long as 18 months to five years. Or a third alternative, her father and brothers earned the right to beat the hell out of you.
Now, I see why people didn’t play around during courtship back then. You should end up locked up, shot up, or beat up. The woman’s age and martial status had nothing to do with if she could press charges.
If he was already married, well that meant you went to jail or paid a hefty fine to remind him to keep himself to himself.