Statutory rape policies

Statutory rape policies

Placement of sexual offenders in a registry

Statutory rapists are required to register as sex offenders and the place where such registration takes place to maintain a register where the general public as well as other law enforcement agencies can access. This is a good legislation as it enhances public safety as the public is made aware of the existing sexual offenders bearing in mind that most sexual offenders are habitual (Cocca, 2004).

Definition of statutory rape in Connecticut

This state defines as sexual degree second assault against a child aged 13 to 15 years. The offender in this case should be a person who is at least three years older than the victim. It also involves sexual assaults involving someone less than 18 years of age and the offender is their guardian, coach, instructor or school employee (Cocca, 2004). This definition involving someone who is three years older than the victim should be changed as there could involve instances where the offender is less than three years older than the victim and because of this loophole their actions fail to amount to statutory rape thus denying justice for the victim (Cocca, 2004).

How to impact this social policy

The best way to impact this policy is to have the offenders who perpetrate this crime to be cancelled. This policy should be aimed at rehabilitating the offenders rather than keep them in records (Cocca, 2004). Rehabilitation is the only sure way to prevent occurrence and commission of other crimes in future. In other words the policy should be aimed at preventing repeat offenders.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

This Act was enacted in line with Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act that was enacted in1994. The Act (VAWA) administration is done by the Department of Health and Human Services.

How the ban on possession of guns for offenders affects those in law enforcement

The effect of this law has grave consequences on law enforcement officers as they are not required to carry or possess any type of fire arms after their conviction. This is a dilemma as law enforcement officers are required to be armed in order to protect them. Groups that oppose authorization of VAWA

There are various groups that have been formed by people to oppose the application of this Act. These groups comprise of both men and women. One such group is The Action Alert that has been calling upon senators to do all they can to oppose this Act. Their reason for this opposition is that the Act turns men into another group of victims.

Another organization is called Concerned Women for America which is the largest organization in America. They oppose the broad definition of violence as well as usage of terms like psychological harm which they feel leave a loophole for false accusations to b leveled against men. These false accusations will ultimately end up breaking families.

Celebrity’s stalking

Celebrities worldwide are victims of stalking world wide. Both male and female celebrities are all vulnerable to stalkers. One such celebrity who has been a victim of stalking is John Lennon who was stalked by David Champman. He beagan initially as an innocent stalker but eventually ended up being his killer. This is an example of a stalker turned violent. The stalker would follow the celebrity anywhere he went and take pictures of him. When Lennon rejected him, he turned violent and killed him (Finch, 2004).

Factors important to evaluate the level of threat

One of the most important factor is for the celebrity to use body guards. These body guards will protect the celebrity against harmful stalkers. Another important factors is to report the stalkers as most of them could start as innocent stalkers and end up committing harm to the celebrity.

Steps a counselor should take in order to get a court order

Victims may in accordance to a state law, obtain an order restraining the perpetrator and ordering them not to call or come within a certain number of distances. To get this order, the counselor should make an application with these prayers to court. The court in turn fixes a hearing date for this order where each party makes a case for themselves (Finch, 2004). If the case is merited and has proof of stalking, the court will make such orders restraining the stalker from calling or being near the celebrity. The court usually fixes a certain distance (Finch, 2004).


Cocca, C. (2004). Jailbait: the politics of statutory rape laws in the United States. Washington D. C. United States. SUNY Press.

Meyer, N. E. (2001). The Violence Against Women Act of 1994: Analysis of intent. New York. N. Y. United States. Wiley and Sons.

Finch, E. (2004). Criminalization of celebrity Stalking.Washington D. C. United States. SUNY Press.