We need to support paedophiles to prevent child sex offending

Richards, Kelly (2015) We need to support paedophiles to prevent child sex offending. The Conversation, December(8).

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Abstract

The sexual abuse of children is, understandably, a key concern for the public. Child sexual abuse can cause long-lasting harms for victims, ranging from relationship difficulties to eating disorders.

But misperceptions about those who perpetrate it abound in public debate. Although the terms “paedophile” and “child sex offender” are often used interchangeably, the two are distinct.

Paedophiles are sexually attracted to young children. They have either acted on this attraction or fear they might. But not all paedophiles act on their attraction – and this is where support services can help reducing offending.

Conversely, not everyone who offends sexually against a child is a paedophile. Some may have a sexual interest in and/or offend against both children and adults. Others do not have a sexual attraction to children but instead act opportunistically...

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ID Code: 91156
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Child sex offending, Circles of Support and Accountability, Paedophilia, Crime prevention
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Conversation Media Group
Deposited On: 10 Dec 2015 05:22
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2015 00:56

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