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NCJ Number: 185112 Find in a Library
Title: Criminality and Violence in Intra- and Extra-Familial Child Sex Abusers in a 2-year Cohort of Convicted Perpetrators
Journal: Child Abuse Review  Volume:9  Issue:4  Dated:July-August 2000  Pages:264-274
Author(s): Christopher Bagley; Colin Pritchard
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 11
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study of the criminality of convicted child sex abusers is the first British comparative analysis of the criminality of intra-familial and extra-familial abusers.
Abstract: The study focused on the lifetime police records of the subjects. In a cohort of 374 convicted male child sex abusers, 50 percent had convictions of "sex only" crimes; 26 percent for "sex and other" offenses; and 24 percent for "sex, other, and violent" crimes. There were three "relationship-to-victim" subgroups: biological relatives, which consisted of fathers and other biological relatives (18 percent); non-biological relatives, which consisted of cohabitees or stepfathers (10 percent); and 72 percent who were "extra-familial" offenders, having had no family relationship to the child. This atypical pattern of abusers indicates a filtering process, in which intra-familial abusers are less likely to be prosecuted than extra-familial offenders. The main findings were that biological relatives were more often "sex only" offenders, but averaged more sexual offenses than the other groups; non-biological abusers had more "other" criminal convictions for violence and were more similar to the extra-familial offenders than biologically related abusers; extra-familial abusers consisted of more "other" criminal and violent offenders than the non-biological abusers; non-biological offenders, however, had a pattern of criminality more like the extra-familial group than the other intra-familial abusers. The violent men, often with long histories of both sexual and non-sexual offending, pose particular problems for the criminal justice and child protection services. 5 tables and 19 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child molesters; Child Sexual Abuse; Crime patterns; Foreign criminal justice research; Incest; Sex offender profiles; Stranger on stranger crimes; Victim-offender relationships
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