Strategies adopted by sexual offenders to involve children in sexual activity

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Title Strategies adopted by sexual offenders to involve children in sexual activity
Author Leclerc, Benoit; Carpentier, Julie; Proulx, Jean
Book Title Situational Prevention Of Child Sexual Abuse
Editor Richard Wortley and Stephen Smallbone
Year Published 2006
Place of publication New York
Publisher Willan Press
Abstract The findings suggest prevention tactics that recognize the importance of structuring children's interaction with adults outside the family, rather than fostering informal or private contacts. The study found that offenders who used persuasion to involve their child victims in sexual activity were more likely to have a prior history of such offending, which suggests that this tactic has worked for them in the past and reduced the risk that their offense would be detected. In many cases, the same victim had been abused repeatedly. In some cases, keeping the victims silent about the abuse involved subtle, manipulative threats such as the withdrawal of love and abandonment. The study also found that offenders who abused older children were more likely to use persuasive rather than forceful tactics. This may mean that older victims, although initially resistant to sexual activity with the offender, may be more responsive to being treated as a sexual partner than are younger children. A third finding was that offenders who acted under the strong influence of deviant sexual fantasies were more likely to use persuasive tactics with their victims. Such offenders tended to have avoidant and dependent personalities, which not only explained their attraction to non-threatening children, but also explained their reluctance to behave aggressively. The study sample consisted of 226 adult males who had been convicted of a sexual offense against a child 13 years old or younger. Data were obtained from a 6-week assessment of risk level and treatment needs when admitted for incarceration in Canada between 1995 and 2000.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI
Chapter Number 9
Page from 249
Page to 270
ISBN 1-881798-61-5
Date Accessioned 2009-08-25
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Subject Criminology
Publication Type Book Chapters
Publication Type Code b1x

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