Sexual Assault of Children and Youth and other Sexual Offenses
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The paper defines pedophilia and points out the similarities between aggressive pedophiles and rapists and the prison population in general. The paper then relates that because of the complexity that is involved in classifying pedophiles, Version 3 of the Massachusetts Treatment Center typologies for rapists and child molesters (MTC: CM3) now includes tentative changes to the original scheme; the paper identifies three significant changes that are recommended. The paper examines the research on recidivism rates and discusses the incidence of exhibitionism and voyeurism. Finally, the paper discusses the four broad approaches of sex offender therapy for pedophiles.
From the Paper:"Pedophilia is the clinical term for the more commonly used terms child molestation and child sexual abuse. When criminal actions is involved, pedophile is the term used for the offender. Pedophilia is defined in a variety of ways. The DSM-IV defines it as a condition in which, over a period of a least 6 months, recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children occur. The DSM-IV further identifies that some pedophiles are sexually attracted only to children, whereas others are sexually attracted to both children and adults.
"Traditionally, most definitions of pedophilia were restricted to sexual contact between an adult and a child who are not closely related. Sexual acts between members of a family when at least some participant is a minor has been traditionally been labeled incest or interfamilial child molestation and is most commonly perpetuated by men who molest their sexual immature daughters. Sexual contact with immature family members or any individuals from outside the family is called extrafamilial child molestation.
"Many aggressive pedophilias demonstrate a large number of similarities to rapists and the prison population in general. The most notable commonalities are the following: 1) they have problems with alcohol, 2) they have a high rate of high school failure and dropout, 3) they tend to have unstable work histories in unskilled occupations and 4) they tend to come from the low socioeconomic class. Alcohol abuse is frequently a problem in sex offenders."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bartol, Curt R. and Bartol, Anne M. (2010). Sexual Assault of Children and Youth and Other Sexual Offenses. Criminal Behavior: A Psychological Approach. (p. 53-84). New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
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