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Sex offenders : specialists, generalists - or both?

Soothill, Keith L. and Francis, Brian J. and Sanderson, Barry and Ackerley, Elizabeth (2000) Sex offenders : specialists, generalists - or both? British Journal of Criminology, 40 (1). pp. 56-67. ISSN 1464-3529

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Abstract

Sexual offending is on the political agenda but there has been little research focus on the four offence categories—indecent assault against a female, indecent assault against a male, indecency between males and unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 16—which together comprise the vast majority of convictions for sexual offences in England and Wales. We consider the criminal record (1963–94 inclusive) of the 6,097 males convicted of one of these offences in 1973. The results are discussed in terms of criminality, heterogeneity, dangerousness and specialization. By recognizing two levels of analysis—general crime level and sex crime level—we argue that sex offenders can be both generalists and specialists; they may range widely across a spectrum of offences but still specialize within sexual offending.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Criminology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
Faculty of Science and Technology > Mathematics and Statistics
ID Code: 14262
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 14 Oct 2008 15:06
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:21
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/14262

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