Congratulations to Professor Jennifer A. Drobac, R. Bruce Townsend Professor of Law here at IU McKinney School of Law, on the fantastic review of her newest book recently published in the October 2016 issue of Choice, a publication from the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL). Choice is an important review resource upon which many librarians, faculty, and decision makers rely on for scholarly research, as well as to decide what books to include in a library. Professor Drobac’s book, Sexual Exploitation of Teenagers: Adolescent Development, Discrimination & Consent Law (2016), was featured in the current issue’s Choice review by law professor M. M. Feeley at the University of California, Berkeley, who listed it as an “essential [book for] graduate students through professionals.” Evidenced in the Choice review of Professor Drobac’s book is great interdisciplinary support from the fields of neuroscience and psychology, which underlie appropriate legal responses to sexual exploitation of teenagers, and serves “to explain why teenagers are so vulnerable to sexual predators” (Feeley).
With a bulk of research dedicated to exploring sexual exploitation of children and adults, Professor Drobac’s book stands out by providing a unique spotlight on an overlooked demographic: teenagers. Her book also acts as a resourceful guide for addressing harassment and abuse directed at maturing youth, a demographic that still has insufficient attention from criminal and civil law. Professor Drobac deftly pointed out in her book that the current state of the law is falling short of protecting teenagers from sexual exploitation, with statutes varying widely from state to state. In Appendix 2 of her book, she included a highly valuable “Summary of State Juvenile Sex Crime Statutes” in which she alphabetically listed each state and what each has on the books regarding teenage sex abuse (243). As a survivor of teenage sexual abuse, I’m thankful that this is a topic that one of our faculty members has explored and shared with the world, and I hope we join her in advocating for consistency as well as legal reform. Professor Drobac’s book, Sexual Exploitation of Teenagers: Adolescent Development, Discrimination & Consent Law, is available for check-out through IUCAT.
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