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NCJ Number: 119151 Find in a Library
Title: United States Age-of-Consent Laws Governing the Sexual Conduct of Minors: A Rationale for National Uniformity; an Overview of the Present Law; a Proposal for Reform (From Juvenile Psychiatry and the Law, P 145-180, 1989, Richard Rosner and Harold I Schwartz, eds. -- See NCJ-119142)
Author(s): J Densen-Gerber; J R Dugan Jr
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Plenum Press
New York, NY 10013
Sale Source: Plenum Press
233 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of current laws governing the age of consent related to sexual conduct of minors argues for and presents a proposed nationwide law establishing a uniform age.
Abstract: Numerous studies have shown that substantial percentages of juveniles who are treated for drug abuse, mental health problems, delinquency, and other problems have experienced child sexual abuse. Because children cross State lines, confusion and an appearance of hypocrisy results from having variations in the degree of protection children receive in different States. A more helpful approach would be to provide children and adolescents with the same protections and sexual standards regardless of the State in which they live or to which they travel. In addition, the same sanctions must be imposed throughout the nation regarding the commercialization of youths. The proposed Uniform Sexual Abuse of Minors Act creates three offenses: intercourse with minors, sexual contact with minors, and indecent exposure to minors. Text of proposed law and State-by-State chart showing existing laws.
Main Term(s): Child protection laws
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Sex offenses; State laws; State-by-state analyses
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