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Authors

Dana Johnson

Document Type

Article

Media Type

Text

Abstract

This comment examines the consideration of male sexual victimization in child support judgments. Specifically, this comment addresses situations in which fatherhood resulted from male sexual victimization. State courts have rejected the arguments that young boys have made in an attempt to avoid the financial consequences of their victimization. While these arguments have all failed, this comment argues that state courts have not adequately considered male sexual victimization in this context. These courts have clung tightly to child support policies, but have failed to protect victimized boys by adhering to gender stereotypes about boys and sex. With more education and a stricter interpretation of sexual assault statutes, courts would be able to protect boys from the financial responsibility of fatherhood that results from male sexual victimization.

First Page

515

Last Page

538

Publication Date

7-1-2005

Department

College of Law

ISSN

0734-1490

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University Law Review

Included in

Law Commons

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