Juveniles, Sex Offenses, and the Scope of Substantive Law
Hessick, Carissa Bryne
Stinson, Judith M.
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The question this Article seeks to answer is whether the justice system ought to distinguish between adult and juvenile offenders for these age-determinative sex offenses when assessing the seriousness or gravity of these crimes. Further argues that when the juvenile is in the same peer group as the victim-that is to say, the age difference between the victim and the offender is not large-substantive criminal law should recognize that an age-determinative sex offense is not nearly as serious as it would be if committed by an adult.