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Research on the effects of victims' gender and age on case processing and outcomes is inconsistent.  True or false?

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True.  Most people believe a sexual perpetrator would receive a lengthy sentence, given the nature of their crime against a vulnerable victim.  While age did play as an influencing factor, most sentences (outcomes) were not as lengthy in nature as many would have thought.  The greater influencing factor on most...

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True.  Most people believe a sexual perpetrator would receive a lengthy sentence, given the nature of their crime against a vulnerable victim.  While age did play as an influencing factor, most sentences (outcomes) were not as lengthy in nature as many would have thought.  The greater influencing factor on most outcomes regarding sexual offense by a perpetrator was individual characteristics of the perpetrator.  Three factors that had the most impact on perpetrator sentence length were 1.) number of victims prior to this most recent offense, 2.) whether an adult perpetrator, or younger, and 3.) physical injury evidence of sexual assault.  For victims in the younger age brackets (0-17), a predominance of female perpetrators was the general rule, as high as 70% in younger age categories.

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