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NCJ Number: 63175 Find in a Library
Title: SEXUAL OFFENSES, CONSENT AND SENTENCING
Author(s): R WALMSLEY; K WHITE
Corporate Author: Home Office Research Unit
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 83
Sponsoring Agency: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
Norwich, NR3 1GN,
Home Office Research Unit
London, England SW1
Publication Number: NO 54
Sale Source: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
PO Box 29
Norwich, NR3 1GN,
United Kingdom
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY, BASED ON A SAMPLE OF PERSONS CONVICTED FOR SEXUAL OFFENSES IN ENGLAND AND WALES IN 1973, WAS TO CONTRIBUTE TO KNOWLEDGE ABOUT SEXUAL OFFENSES AND TO THE WORK OF TWO LAW REVIEW COMMITTEES.
Abstract: RESEARCH DOCUMENTS INCLUDED PROSECUTION AND CAUTIONING FORMS SUBMITTED TO THE HOME OFFICE FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES, CRIME REPORTS IN ENGLAND AND IN WALES RELATING TO OFFENSES PROSECUTED AND LEADING TO CONVICTION, THE PUBLISHED CRIMINAL STATISTICS AND SUPPLEMENTARY STATISTICS, CRIME REPORTS RELATING TO UNPROSECUTED OFFENSES, PROSECUTION FILES SUPPLIED BY SOME POLICE FORCES, AND SOCIAL ENQUIRY REPORTS ON PERSONS CONVICTED OF INCEST. THE STUDY FOUND THAT MORE THAN HALF OF THOSE CONVICTED OF AN INDICTABLE SEXUAL OFFENSE WITH A PERSON OVER THE AGE OF CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY WERE INVOLVED IN CONSENSUAL BEHAVIOR. SECOND, REGARDING UNDERAGE CONSENT, APPEARED TO BE A DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE STATUTE LAW (AS REFLECTED IN MAXIMUM PENALTIES) AND THE SENTENCING PRACTICE OF THE COURTS. THIRD, EACH MAIN SEXUAL OFFENSE COULD BE SEEN AS A GROUP OF SEVERAL VARIETIES OF OFFENSES, SUCH AS RAPE, WHICH INCLUDED OFFENSES BY ADULTS AND JUVENILES. FINALLY, THE AMENDMENT OF THE SEXUAL OFFENSES ACT OF 1967 MAY HAVE BEEN AN IMPORTANT FACTOR IN CONTRIBUTING TO A RISE IN STATISTICS FOR INDECENCY BETWEEN MALES. IN ADDITION, THERE ARE DIFFERENCES IN BOTH PROSECUTION PRACTICE AND LAW TREATMENT FOR HOMOSEXUAL AND HETEROSEXUAL OFFENSES. APPENDIXES INCLUDE ACCOUNTS OF TRENDS IN SEXUAL OFFENSES SINCE 1946; AGES OF OFFENDERS AND VICTIMS; SERIOUSNESS OF SEXUAL OFFENSES ACCORDING TO CUSTODIAL RATES; RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN OFFENDER AND VICTIM; AND PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS OF OFFENDERS. LISTS OF REFERENCES AND PUBLICATIONS ARE PROVIDED. TABLES ILLUSTRATE THE TEXT. (AOP)
Index Term(s): Crimes against persons; England; Incest; Indecency; Rape; Sex offenses; Sexual assault; Sexual assault victims; Sexual behavior; Statutory rape; Wales
Note: HOME OFFICE RESEARCH STUDY
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