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NCJ Number: 220257 
Title: Sexual Murderers and Sexual Aggressors: Developmental Paths and Criminal History (From Sexual Murderers: A Comparative Analysis and New Perspectives, P 29-50, 2005, Jean Proulx, Eric Beauregard, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-220255)
Author(s): Alexandre Nicole; Jean Proulx
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
Sale Source: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
111 River Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030-5774
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: In approaching sexual offending from the perspective of developmental criminology, this Canadian study examined whether sexual aggressors against women could be distinguished from sexual murderers by the characteristics of their personal development and criminal career.
Abstract: All of the analyses found that sexual aggressors and sexual murderers had backgrounds, personal characteristics, and criminal careers that had more similarities than differences. The significant difference between these two types of sexual offenders was the cumulative degree of their developmental disturbance. There was no significant difference in the exposure of sexual murderers and sexual aggressors to deviant/antisocial models of attitudes and behaviors. More than half of the subjects in both groups of sexual offenders had been exposed to abusive alcohol consumption and psychological violence prior to age 18, and approximately half of the subjects in both groups had witnessed physical violence prior to that age. A high proportion of both groups of offenders had drug and alcohol problems, with sexual murderers beginning to consume alcohol and drugs regularly at significantly younger ages than the sexual aggressors. Sexual murderers reported having had significantly more inappropriate childhood and adolescent behaviors than did sexual aggressors. Sexual murderers also had more severe deficits in education and more frequent and severe atypical sexual behaviors and deviant sexual fantasies. Eighty-five percent of sexual aggressors and 92 percent of sexual murderers had criminal records, with no significant difference in the prevalence of convictions for sexual crimes between the two groups. Information on developmental factors came from interviews with 101 sexual aggressors and 40 sexual murderers. Information on adult criminal careers was obtained from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's Fingerprint System files. 4 tables, 1 figure, and 2 case studies
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Criminal histories; Female victims; Foreign criminal justice research; Murderers; Sex offender profiles; Sex offenders; Sex offenses
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