HHS/ASPE. U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.Background

Statutory Rape:
A Guide to State Laws and Reporting Requirements

Prepared for:
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Prepared by:
Asaph Glosser, Karen Gardiner, and Mike Fishman
The Lewin Group

December 15, 2004

This report is available on the Internet at:
http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/08/SR/StateLaws/

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Contents

Acknowledgements

Executive Summary

  1. Background
    1. Criminal Laws
    2. Reporting Requirements
  2. Implications for Program Staff and Policy Makers
  3. Structure of Report

Chapters

  1. Introduction
    1. Project Description
    2. Methodology
      1. Terminology
      2. Types of Laws
      3. Sources
  2. Summary of Current State Laws
    1. Statutory Rape — Criminal Offenses
      1. Sexual Intercourse with Minors
      2. Definition of Offenses
    2. Child Abuse Reporting Requirements
      1. Inclusion of Statutory Rape in Reporting Requirements
      2. Mandatory Reporters
      3. Who to Report to
      4. State Response
  3. State Laws


Acknowledgements

Work on this project was funded by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under a contract to The Lewin Group.  This report benefited greatly from the oversight and input of Jerry Silverman, the ASPE Project Officer.

In addition, we would like to acknowledge the assistance of a number of reviewers.  Sarah Brown, Eva Klain, and Brenda Rhodes Miller provided us with valuable guidance and insights into legal issues and the policy implications of the laws and reporting requirements.  Their comments improved both the content and the organization of the paper.

At The Lewin Group, Shauna Brodsky reviewed drafts and provided helpful comments.

The Authors


How to Obtain a Printed Copy

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Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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