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To Catch a Predator

Roger N. Lancaster

in Sex Panic and the Punitive State

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520255654
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948211 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255654.003.0004
To Catch a Predator

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There has been a renewed round of intense reportage on the Catholic Church sex abuse scandals which illustrates how proportion and measure are distorted in sex panics. These conflations constructed the menacing image of the “pedophile priest.” In some jurisdictions “high-risk” offenders were convicted of sex crimes involving the use of force against a child aged twelve or younger.” “Moderate risk” refers to people convicted of crimes that involved neither the use of force nor children younger than twelve. “Low-risk” offenders can include those convicted of offenses as minor as public urination, public masturbation, “mooning,” or prostitution. Rehabilitation is the normative goal of criminal justice. That which defines the current wave of sex panics is the desire to discover, publicize, and perpetually punish even minor infractions.

Keywords: pedophile priest; catholic Church; sexual abuse; sex panic; predator; risks

Chapter.  12667 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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