When Gender Meets Sex: An Exploratory Study of Women Who Seduce Adolescent Boys

William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2009

Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 09-63

17 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2009  

Kay L. Levine

Emory University School of Law

Abstract

This article describes the origins, design, and implications of a new study exploring female-perpetrated statutory rape against adolescent boys in the United States. In contrast to both legal frameworks, which typically regard statutory rape as a male-on-female phenomenon, and existing literature from the fields of psychology and psychiatry derived from clinical samples and sex offender registries. This study examines the incidence of female-perpetrated statutory rape using data from electronic news reports covering the period 1990-2008. In this short article, the author explains the advantages of her approach over those taken by prior scholars, in terms of the size of the data set and the scope of coverage, as well as her decision to focus on statutory rape exclusively, rather than on female sex abuse more generally. The article also discusses the projected implications of the study for understanding not only the crime of statutory rape but also the gender assumptions implicit in conventional works on this topic.

Keywords: statutory rape, criminal law. emperical evidence, female offenders, male victims

Suggested Citation

Levine, Kay L., When Gender Meets Sex: An Exploratory Study of Women Who Seduce Adolescent Boys. William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2009; Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 09-63. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1461409

Kay L. Levine (Contact Author)

Emory University School of Law ( email )

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Atlanta, GA 30322
United States

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