Law: For Men Only:

The blame in statutory rape

Across the Pacific in California another rape case involved more judges than rapists. When a Sonoma County teen-ager allegedly forced a 16-year-old girl to make love to him on a park bench one spring night in 1978, he had no idea that his sexual initiative would eventually be weighed by the U.S. Supreme Court. But the girl told her story to the police. The boy was officially charged with statutory rape for having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. California is one of eleven states that still punish only the male in statutory rape cases. Accordingly, the...

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