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Statutory Rape Known to Law Enforcement

Statutory Rape Known to Law Enforcement

Based on an analysis of reports from law enforcement agencies in 21 states for the years 1996 through 2000, this OJJDP Bulletin characterizes victim and offender attributes (e.g., age, gender, relationship) and law enforcement’s response to incidents of statutory rape. As noted in the Bulletin, 3 out of every 10 statutory rape offenders were boyfriends or girlfriends and 6 in 10 were acquaintances. The median age difference between victims and offenders is significant (between 6 and 9 years), depending on gender.
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