Sierra Landry was a 16-year-old cheerleader with good grades and aspirations of becoming a model when she began dating a schoolmate who would eventually end up harassing, beating and ultimately killing her, Sierra's stepmother, Jessica Landry, told CBS News' Crimesider.
But Sierra's death might have been prevented, says her stepmother, if Sierra had been able to get an order of protection against her ex-boyfriend - something the Landrys' home state of South Carolina prohibits.
WATCH: 48 Hours: "Loved to Death" In South Carolina, an order of protection - which is stronger than a restraining order and imposes greater restrictions - cannot legally be obtained by a person who is only in a dating relationship.
The state only allows protection orders against someone of the opposite sex to whom you are either married, have lived with, or have a child with - and who has physically or sexually abused you.
Getting your date’s first and last name prior to meeting is a good idea anyway. It is not a good idea to allow your date to pick you up the first time you are meeting; if things don’t go well, you might not want them knowing where you live!
You’re starting to notice other people when you go out and want someone to spend time with, someone who appreciates your company. While this may sound like a good idea, there are several problems to consider.Under North Carolina General Statute 50-6, a couple must be separated for one year before a divorce is final.Even though separated, you are still technically married until the court enters the order granting the divorce.Thus, instead of including force as a criminal element, theses crimes make it illegal for anyone to engage in sexual intercourse with anyone below a certain age, other than his spouse.The age of consent varies by state, with most states, including Connecticut, setting it at age 16.