Performance Improvement 2009. How Do States and Communities Respond to Statutory Rape Incidents?


This study profiled nine sites addressing the problem of statutory rape through various interdisciplinary approaches. Site profiles and summary findings from an analysis of state statutory rape laws were used to illustrate approaches in three categories: cooperative legislative initiatives, law enforcement, and education and prevention programs.

Data to understand the issue were limited and interest in addressing the problem was often based on anecdotal information. Laws varied by state, as did consensus. No agreement existed about what was illegal, despite laws, and what behavior should be reported. The complexity of the issue necessitated broad stakeholder involvement; no single agency or department within states had ownership of the issue. Multifaceted response was needed; victims and offenders often needed an array of services to prevent and address the underlying risk factors as well as the effect of the harmful relationships.

Report Title: Exploring Community Responses to Statutory Rape: Final Report; Report may be obtained from Federal Contact
Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact: Jerry Silverman, 202-690-5654
Performer: The Lewin Group
PIC ID: 8577

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