O crime de abuso sexual de menores dependentes
: art.172.º : problemas convocados pelas recentes alterações legislativas

  • Raquel João Saraiva Faria (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


With this study we aim to address the problem of protecting the adolescent's adequate personality development and self-determination in the sexual scope. For that, we chose an analysis of article 172.º of the PC, comparing the previous and the current versions. The new law clarified several of the problems questioned by the doctrine. However, it made the application of article173.º more difficult, since the border line that separated the two articles became less intelligible and more tenuous. We also seek to analyze decisions on jurisprudence and other practical examples, both in the light of the current law and the previous one, seeking to integrate them in article 172.º or in article 173.º, in order to make the aforementioned border line that separates them more evident.
Date of Award9 Mar 2021
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorMaria da Conceição Cunha (Supervisor)


  • Adolescent
  • Sexual freedom
  • Sexual self-determination
  • Free personality development
  • Sexual abuse
  • Dependent minors
  • Abuse of vulnerability
  • Abuse of inexperience


  • Mestrado em Direito

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