Female Sexual Offenders: Patterns and Explanations

Female sexual offenders are a diverse group of individuals with differing motivational and offending patterns. Evidence indicates that female sexual offenders, like male sexual offenders, have problematic issues in the four broad areas related to sexually offending behavior, namely, the cognitive, emotional, relational, and sexual domains. Despite these similarities, the ways in which problems manifest themselves in these various domains differ according to the gender of the offender, indicating that gender-informed explanations of female sexual offending are required. This entry reviews the offense patterns of female sexual offenders, the explanatory factors related to sexual offending that are specific to women, and their risk of recidivism.

Female-Specific Offense Process

There have been a number of attempts at establishing the offense process of female sexual offenders based on patterns ...

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