Case Scenario 1:
John is a 17-year-old male who has spent most of his life in foster care. His most recent foster-care placement was with a family who fostered multiple children, one of the children being a 15-year-old female, Sarah.
John and Sarah allegedly have fallen in love and are planning for an early marriage. John is on the verge of being released from the care of the Department of Children and Family Services, and Sarah is arguing for emancipation. Both have stated that their parents married at very young ages, and, although Sarah is underage, they insist that they are in love with each other and need to be married.
The authorities have considered charging John with statutory rape although Sarah consensually agreed to sexual intercourse with John. She is more than 24 months younger than him, and, according to state law, John is in violation of statutory rape laws.
Are John’s and Sarah’s acts deviant sexual behavior, criminal sexual behavior, or a normal reflection of their developmental history? How should those in a position of authority address this pressing concern?
Identify the case scenario you selected.
Explain whether the action represented in the scenario represents deviant or criminal behavior and why.
Explain how the acceptance or rejection of the action by society may have evolved over time.
Provide an analysis of two or three cultural influences that might have an impact on the judgment of sexual behavior from your chosen scenario.