• Corpus ID: 142533027

On Statutory Rape, Strict Liability, and the Public Welfare Offense Model

  title={On Statutory Rape, Strict Liability, and the Public Welfare Offense Model},
  author={Catherine L Carpenter},
  journal={The American University law review},
  • C. Carpenter
  • Published 14 June 2006
  • Law, Political Science
  • The American University law review
Statutory Rape. At the center of a long-standing debate on whether its commission should require proof of a criminal mens rea, the prosecution of statutory rape offers a revealing look at the struggle to demarcate the parameters of the public welfare offense doctrine. Specifically, with respect to statutory rape, disagreement is deep and entrenched on whether statutory rape should be categorized as a public welfare offense, which would render irrelevant defendant's lack of knowledge of the… 

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