Course Description

601:646. SEX CRIMES (2)

Margo Kaplan

Prerequisite: Criminal Law

This course explores the areas of criminal and civil law devoted to sex crimes and their consequences, in particular rape and sexual assault. These laws raise significant issues with regard to their definitions and interpretations, their justifications, and their practical impact on the criminal justice system and the communities they affect. Topics analyzed may include how rape and sexual assault are defined and theorized, questions and problems posed by inchoate offenses (such as internet solicitation) and risk-based crimes (such as HIV-exposure), Internet-based offenses, prostitution and sex trafficking, and the civil commitment of those legally deemed "sexually violent predators."