Sexual Victimization: Offenders Speak Out about Their Victims

Michelle L. Meloy and Susan L. Miller

in The Victimization of Women

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199765102
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199944187 | DOI:
Sexual Victimization: Offenders Speak Out about Their Victims

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There are several characteristics that designate a crime (that is, being unusual), an offender (being famous), or a victim (being important) as “newsworthy.” With child sexual victimizations, additional patterns emerge when examining the media's selection of cases, especially among the crimes with the highest profile. All fifty states now require sex offender registration and community notification, and as of this writing forty-six states report using GPS monitoring to supervise sex offenders residing in the community. This chapter focuses on sexual victimization and social reaction to it. It discusses features that separate sex crimes from other forms of violence and how these differences manifest in unique legislative responses. In addition to covering the history and scientific information on sex offender laws, the chapter delves into the thought processes of convicted sex offenders and how they perceive their victims. It also considers policy implications and best practices for responding to sexual violence.

Keywords: sex offenders; sexual violence; victimization; sex offender laws; sex crimes; offender registration; community notification

Chapter.  12684 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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