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Law's Limits: Regulating Statutory Rape Law

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dc.contributor.author Goodwin, Michele
dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-31T16:48:11Z
dc.date.available 2018-08-31T16:48:11Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.citation Goodwin, Michele. (2013). Law's Limits: Regulating Statutory Rape Law. Wisconsin Law Review, 2, 481-540. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://wisconsinlawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/6-Goodwin-2.pdf  
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/3943
dc.description.abstract This Article examines statutory rape cases of the last decade and submits that both the apparatus to police sexual violence against minors — statutory rape laws — as well as their application against consenting minors create legally untenable, absurd results that frequently impose legal and extralegal burdens on minors that may exceed that of adult, convicted rapists. No coherent framework has been offered by a politician that responds pragmatically to the empirical realities of adolescent sexuality. Neither federal nor state legislatures offer a coherent, well-articulated approach to militate against the harshest criminal punishments demanded by statutory rape provisions. Indeed, judges interpret and enforce statutory rape cases in a manner that entrenches stereotypes and biases. On the other hand, few scholars wrestle with the broader contemporary applications of statutory rape law despite recent decades of absurd results and disproportionately harsh penalties against teens. The Article offers two novel ways forward to address teen sex and statutory rape. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Wisconsin Law Review en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject adolescents en_US
dc.subject youth en_US
dc.subject sexual abuse en_US
dc.subject jurisprudence en_US
dc.subject legal opinion en_US
dc.title Law's Limits: Regulating Statutory Rape Law en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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