How the Law Penalizes Male Victims of Statutory Rape

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image1800599The Arizona Republic recently featured the story of a 21 year-old man who recently found out he not only had a 6 year-old child but also that he owed more than $15,000 in child support plus interest. Moreover, the child was borne out of statutory rape. The father/victim was 14 years-old and the mother/perpetrator was 20 year-old at the time.

At best, it seems unfair that a victim of statutory rape could be held responsible for paying child support when he is a victim of a crime. However, state courts across the country have consistently held that child support laws should be strictly enforced since it is in the best interest of the child to receive financial support.

In a case involving a 15-year-old California boy raped by a 34-year-old woman who gave birth in 1995, the courts declared, “Victims have rights. Here, the victim also has responsibilities.”

In Kansas, the courts said the same thing about a 13-year-old boy raped by his 17-year-old babysitter. In Ohio, courts have ordered child support in a case involving a 15-year-old boy and a 19-year-old woman.

However, if a female were the victim of statutory rape, we could not imagine the custody of that child being turned over to the father and her having to pay child support. It would be an outrage. When the double standard applies, the boys, some may say, are victimized twice.

 

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