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Jason Sikorski

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 91: Sexual Offending Behavior

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Sexual Offending Behavior
Sexual offending behavior

Few acts evoke comparable levels of contempt and fear as those perpetrated by sexual offenders. These feelings are likely spurred by several factors. First, research shows that sexual offending behavior is not uncommon. Many people have experienced firsthand the psychological, social, and physical consequences of sexual victimization. If not a victim, it is highly likely that one knows someone who has been sexually offended against in some way (e.g, exhibitionism, frotteurism, stranger rape, date rape, child molestation). Additionally, sexual offending behavior has been the focus of popular television programs (e.g., Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Dateline NBC: To Catch a Predator) and numerous televised news segments claiming to provide a poignant and polished look into the lives of sexual ...

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