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January 23, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(4):287-289. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670300049020

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Sexual Offenses Against the Young  A report of great importance has been made by the departmental committee on sexual offenses against young persons, which was appointed in 1924 to collect information, and take evidence as to the prevalence of sexual offenses against young persons, and report on the subject. The committee finds that there are many more sexual offenses against young persons than are reported; that when proceedings are taken the proportion of acquittals is high; that there is a considerable decrease in sexual crimes accompanied by violence; that there is a distinct increase in indecent assaults on boys and girls under 16, and that owing to the practice of reducing charges, mainly in the interests of the child, the statistics now include a proportion of more serious offenses, which is an additional ground for viewing their increase with concern. At present the "age of consent" (before which intercourse with

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