Sex offenders are a diverse and heterogeneous group of offenders who differ in age, victim preferences, motivation, degree of planning, type of contact with the victim, and psychological issues that contribute to the commission of a sexual offense. Mixed sexual offenders refer to a subtype of sex offender who generally commit contact offenses (i.e., those involving physical contact with a nonconsenting person in a sexual manner) against adult and child victims. Thus, they may show little discrimination in the age of the victim and whether or not they have developed secondary sexual characteristics. The term sexual polymorphism or victim crossover has also been used to characterize this group of offenders, reflecting their tendency to switch among victim types.

Mixed sexual offenders have important similarities and differences ...

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