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Sexual Exploitation of Teenagers"Adolescent Development, Discrimination, and Consent Law"$
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Jennifer Ann Drobac

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226301013

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226301150.001.0001

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Introductions

Introductions

Sara’s Case, Sexual Exploitation, and Legal Terms

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(p.1) Chapter One Introductions
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Sexual Exploitation of Teenagers
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Jennifer Ann Drobac

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226301150.003.0001

This chapter introduces “Sara,” a teen revisited throughout the book. It details how her workplace supervisor sexually exploited her. It describes how other teenagers at work, at school, and in numerous other contexts experience sexual coercion by their adult mentors and supervisors. The chapter explains how the book addresses teen sexual exploitation in its successive chapters. It notes that adolescent psychosocial and neurobiological development influences the way teenagers cope with adult sexual advances. It suggests that state and federal, statutory and case law fail to protect teens adequately. In introducing the topic, this chapter defines key terms and cabins the discussion, explaining what the book does not cover. This chapter also reviews basic legal principals regarding capacity and consent. It introduces the notion of legal assent and distinguishes it from medical assent. It concludes that legal assent is one response among many available to ameliorate the sexual abuse of teenagers.

Keywords:   sexual exploitation, adolescents, sexual harassment law, statutory rape law, legal capacity, legal consent, legal assent

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