Sara’s Case, Sexual Exploitation, and Legal Terms
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.
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