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NCJ Number: 196250 Find in a Library
Title: Pedophiles: A Case Study
Journal: Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology  Volume:17  Issue:1  Dated:Spring 2002  Pages:36-51
Author(s): Dennis J. Stevens
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 16
Type: Case Study
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study characterizes men who have engaged in habitual sexual conduct with children, i.e., pedophiles.
Abstract: This paper first reviews statistics on sex offenders in 1994. There were approximately 234,000 offenders convicted of rape or sexual assault under the jurisdiction of correctional agencies, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The median age of the victims of imprisoned sexual assaulters was less than 13 years old. Offenders who had victimized a child were on average 5 years older than the violent offenders who had committed their crimes against adults. Legislation that focuses on sex offenders is also reviewed in this paper. Control strategies and personality tests used with sex offenders are described as well. This is followed by profiles of three convicted sex offenders who victimized children. The literature review coupled with the three case studies show that pedophilia is a way of life, in that pedophiles are constantly setting people up, even after apprehension, trial, and conviction. Manipulation is part of their character in all interactions with others. They will persistently seek contact with children while avoiding professional counselors who are not fooled by their manipulative tactics. Pedophiles use their manipulative skills to victimize children, tending to use children's natural curiosity about sexuality to exploit them. 51 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Child molesters; Criminal methods; Sex offender profiles; Sex offenders
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