Offender-victim interaction and crime event outcomes: Modus operandi and victim effects on the risk of intrusive sexual offenses against children

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Title Offender-victim interaction and crime event outcomes: Modus operandi and victim effects on the risk of intrusive sexual offenses against children
Author Leclerc, Benoit; Proulx, Jean; Lussier, Patrick; Allaire, Jean-Francois
Journal Name Criminology
Editor Denise Gottfredson
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United States
Publisher American Society of Criminology - Wiley
Abstract Criminological research has shown the relevance of examining offender–victim interaction and related factors to understand crime event outcomes. In sexual offenses against children, an obvious lack of knowledge exists regarding this issue. From a criminological perspective, we seek to improve our understanding of the offender–victim interaction in sexual offenses against children and, in particular, what factors might increase the risk of a more intrusive offense. We argue that modus operandi strategies play a central role in crime event outcomes and examine this hypothesis with data obtained from a semistructured interview conducted with offenders. As expected, modus operandi was found to have a strong effect on crime event outcomes, especially victim participation during sexual episodes. Victim effects also emerged from the analyses. Specifically, a strong interaction effect between age and gender of the victim was found for victim participation, which suggests that as the victim gets older, offenders are more likely to make their victim participate in sexual episodes when abusing a male victim but are less likely to do so when abusing a female victim.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-9125.2009.00151.x
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 American Society of Criminology. Published by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. Self-archiving of the author-manuscript version is not yet supported by the American Society of Criminology. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version or contact the authors for more information.
Volume 47
Issue Number 2
Page from 595
Page to 618
ISSN 1745-9125
Date Accessioned 2009-08-17
Date Available 2010-06-18T03:54:29Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Subject Causes and Prevention of Crime
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/28589
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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