The following is from another student that i have to reply.
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Suppose a 17-year-old male was in a sexual relationship with a female in her thirties. This is a willing relationship on both sides, perhaps even a relationship begun by the male. Now, if the genders were reversed and the male was the older member of the couple, the relationship would be considered sexual assault, pure and simple. But, in a situation with an older woman/younger man:
1. what do you think could or should be done? Anything?
2.Should the woman be prosecuted in this case? Should the young man (a willing participant) be considered as an adult, or as still under-aged?
Think again about the scenario as it stands, and then as it would be with reversed gender roles.
Did your opinions change from one to the other, and if so, how? Is this a double standard?
Cases of sexual assault have significantly increased in many parts of the world. Notably, stereotypes, beliefs, culture, and norms are fundamental factors that have made it challenging to address sexual assault cases. For instance, in the case attached, it is evident that society has stereotyped sexual assault as a criminal act that can only be perpetrated by men. The United States’ laws have achieved a significant milestone in protecting minorities from all forms of sexual assaults (Jessup-Anger, Lopez, & Koss, 2018). Hence, under the two cases highlighted, adults should be held accountable for engaging in sexual relations with a minor.
The woman in the case attached has committed a serious sexual offense for agreeing to engage in a sexual relationship with a 17 years underage boy. Hence, if the court gathers sufficient evidence to prove the woman’s consent regarding the boy’s age, she will be prosecuted for deliberately assaulting a minor. Many societies hold that men have the jurisdiction to make informed sexual choices and decisions regardless of age (Spohn, 2020). As a result, the notion has significantly hindered the efforts to protect the underaged boys from intentional sexual assaults.
The adequate sensitization of society about the nature, causes, and effects of sexual assaults, especially regarding minors, is one of the basic strategies that can be used to initiate equality in the protection of underage boys and girls. Besides, it is paramount to eliminate the impartiality in determining cases regarding the assault of both boys and girls (Swan, 2020). Notably, the United States’ laws perceive minors as incapable of making accurate and informed decisions. Hence, adults and the laws must protect underage boys and girls from all forms of sexual assaults.
Jessup-Anger, J. E., Lopez, E., & Koss, M. P. (2018). History of sexual violence in higher education. New Directions for Student Services.
Spohn, C. (2020). Sexual assault case processing: The more things change, the more they stay the same. International journal for crime, justice, and social democracy, 9(1), 86.
Swan, S. L. (2020). Discriminatory Dualism in Process: Title IX, Reverse Title IX, and Campus Sexual Assault. Okla. L. Rev., 73, 69.