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TAVARES, Andrea Schettino; COSTA, Liana Fortunato  and  MOREIRA, Denise Lima. Sexual offense committed by adolescents/young adults. Aletheia [online]. 2021, vol.54, n.2, pp. 82-94. ISSN 1413-0394.

ABSTRACT The purpose of this article is to discuss the sexual offense committed by adolescents/young adults and social and legal implications. Adolescence is a period that significant changes occur and sexual offense is a complex and multi-determined public health issue. Committing sexual offense between 16-21 years old brings the need for contextualized understanding because it involves different legal dimensions. This is a documental research with the records of five adolescents treated at a public health institution. The data were analyzed with categories that connect victimization to social and family aspects and legal implications. The results presented polyvictimization in life history and a limiting point of coming to deal with a set of rules of criminalization or protection, of facing legal contexts with different laws, when they still belong to the same family context and the same community. Criminal liability cannot be the only answer.

Keywords : adolescent; sexual offense; criminal liability.

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