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Sexual Offending

Although sexual offending sounds like a very specific category of illegal behavior, the types of crimes that encompass a sexual element are quite vast and victimize a wide variety of people. Based on the attention given to sexual offenses, especially in the media, one may assume that sex crimes are on the rise. In acuality, however, it is a more complicated issue that takes into account the empowerment of victims to report their victimization, better detection by law enforcement, and the availability of treatment services for offenders. The numbers of sexual crimes have not increased; rather, society has become more attuned to the severe, tragic cases presented by the media and the entertainment industry. Individuals have been sexually victimizing other people, be it adult or ...

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