Children Raping Children: Penal Elitism and the Contested Innocence Frame in Hong Kong

Michael Adorjan, Wing Hong Chui

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Recent incidents involving rape committed by young adolescents against other youth has led Hong Kong officials to repeal the presumption that young persons under the age of 14 are incapable of sexual intercourse. Examining reports advocating legislative change as well as those which dissent, we argue that a lack of consultation with the public, the small number of cases and the speed with which the changes are set to be implemented evidence penal elitism in Hong Kong, which potentially undercuts a long standing view in Hong Kong of young offenders as victims, and ignores wider contexts of abuse and victimization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-183
Number of pages17
JournalYouth Justice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • doli incapax
  • Hong Kong
  • innocence frame
  • penal elitism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Law

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