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Sexual Offending: Laws and Research Intro: The Stiles case (ABC News)
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Definitions Sexual Assault Rape : Sexual intercourse that is (1) forced, (2) victim is unconscious, or (3) victim is disabled. Statutory Rape : (PA) victim is < 16 y/o and perpetrator is 4 or more years older Indecent Assault : touching for the purpose of sexual desire without victim’s consent Incest : sexual intercourse with blood relative or adopted child Other Sex Offenses Covered by Megan’s Law Promoting Prostitution: self-explanatory, i.e. “pimping” Child Pornography : Own, produce, or hire minors involved in sexual behaviors Unlawful Contact with a Minor : lewdness, soliciting sex, etc.
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Prevalence ~ 25% of women report being sexually assaulted prior to age 18 (~5% of men) Majority of assaults go unreported As with other crimes, rapes have been declining in recent years
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Characteristics of Sexual Assault Victims and Offenders are likely to be young Mean age of victims is 14 years old
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