n. A very large issue that everyone is acutely aware of, but nobody wants to talk about. Perhaps a sore spot, perhaps politically incorrect, or perhaps a political hot potato, it's something that no one wants to touch with a ten foot pole. Sometimes pink elephant in the room.
The degeneration of parental responsibility in this country is the elephant in the room, but no one in Washington wants to address it.
n. the legal concept that someone 18 or older having sex with someone younger than 18 is committing a felony. Members of NAMBLA advocate committing this with young boys, apparently. Even less than 100 years ago, it was common for men to marry teen girls as young as 13. I guess all those men committed statutory rape.
John is 18 and Jane is 17, and John was arrested and put in jail and now is a convicted felon even though Jane married him on her 18th birthday. What a crazy country we live in.