Sex Crimes

Karen Terry

in Criminology

ISBN: 9780195396607
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:
Sex Crimes

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Sex offenders constitute a heterogeneous group of individuals. The term “sex offender” is applied to individuals who have committed offenses as diverse as rape, child sexual abuse, possession or transmission of child pornography, and indecent exposure. Offenders can be adults or juveniles, male or female, and of any age. Most perpetrators know their victims and are either related to them, in a relationship with them, in a position of authority over the minor, or otherwise acquainted. Acts defined as sexual offenses vary across religions, cultures, nations, and states, and definitions of sexual offenses change over time based on prevailing social norms. For most sexual offenses, there must be a lack of consent on the part of the victim and some level of intent on the part of the offender. Many laws have been enacted since the mid-1980s to increase supervision and management of sex offenders in the community. Examples of such policies include registration and community notification, residency restrictions, sexually violent predator legislation, GPS monitoring, and mandatory chemical castration for paroled sex offenders. This bibliography reviews some of the key resources that analyze the prevalence and types of sex crimes, theoretical explanations for deviant sexual behavior, and responses to sexual offenders.

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Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Criminal Justice ; Criminology

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