Is it love or sexual abuse? Young adultsâ€™ perceptions of statutory rapeAbstract: "Adults under age 25 comprise the majority of statutory rape perpetrators, yet we know little about their perceptions of statutory relationships. We assessed 210 (50% male) young adults' perceptions of statutory rape involving a 15-year-old female adolescent and a male who was either 2, 4, or 6 years older. Across all age gaps, 73.7% of participants felt the relationship should not be a crime. Participants who read about a 4- or 6-year (versus 2-year) age gap perceived the relationship as significantly more of a crime and the older partner as more responsible and in need of legal intervention. Effects were partially mediated by perceptions of the relationship as exploitive. Results suggest a need to educate young adults about statutory rape."
Barbara A. Oudekerk
Rachel H. Farr
N. Dickson Reppucci
Journal of child sexual abuse
|Date Added||November 16, 2016|
|Date Modifed||October 17, 2017|
|Collection||UVA scholarship on sexual violence, 1974-|
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