Harm, responsibility, age and consent

Carpenter, Belinda, O'Brien, Erin, Hayes, Sharon, & Death, Jodi (2014) Harm, responsibility, age and consent. New Criminal Law Review, 17(1), pp. 23-54.

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This article explores the contradictory ways in which adolescents just under the age of consent are represented in illegal sexual relations with both men and women who are over the age of consent. We are specifically interested in the ways in which the gender of the adolescent and the adult affect public perceptions, legal responses and perceptions of harm of sexual relations. We argue that the development of an indiscriminate legal and policy narrative of child abuse which increasingly includes all aspects of adolescent sexuality, ‘erases’ adolescent subjectivity. By exploring the nuanced ways in which the historical construction of childhood as sexually innocent intersects with current cultural scripts of femininity and masculinity, this article hopes to add to the small but growing literature on the issue of sexual consent, sexual ethics and sexual citizenship for young people.

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ID Code: 66435
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: child sexual abuse, heterosexual scripts, age of consent, sexual citizenship, underage sex
DOI: 10.1525/nclr.2014.17.1.23
ISSN: 1933-4192
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminology not elsewhere classified (160299)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 University of California Press
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2014 23:27
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2015 05:23

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