At what age can females consent to sexual activity? A survey of jury-eligible Australians

Klettke, Bianca and Mellor, David 2012, At what age can females consent to sexual activity? A survey of jury-eligible Australians, Psychiatry, psychology and law, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 198-208, doi: 10.1080/13218719.2011.559901.

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Title At what age can females consent to sexual activity? A survey of jury-eligible Australians
Author(s) Klettke, BiancaORCID iD for Klettke, Bianca
Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David
Journal name Psychiatry, psychology and law
Volume number 19
Issue number 2
Start page 198
End page 208
Total pages 12
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1321-8719
Keyword(s) age of consent
child sexual abuse
gender differences
oversexualisation of children
sexual activity
Summary One suggested reason for the low conviction rates of alleged child sexual abuse offenders relates to the attitudes and beliefs the public hold about such victims; sexual interactions starting at an earlier age; and because the oversexualisation of children and teenagers portrayed in the media may have affected perceptions as to when females are capable ofgiving consent to sexual interactions. A sample of 580 jury-eligible participants completed six implicit questions via an online survey regarding females' capacity to consent. While participants had similar perceptions in response to the type of question asked, there were some differences due to respondent group. When significant differences were observed, women had significantly lower estimates of the age at which female adolescents can make informed decisions about sexual activity than men, as did respondents who had children and were older. Working with children had little impact. The legal implications of these findings are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13218719.2011.559901
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 940403 Criminal Justice
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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