Misperceptions about Child Sex Offenders
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Oct. 31, 2011
ANNOTATION: “Sex offending against children is a highly emotive issue. It is nonetheless important that public policy initiatives to prevent and/or respond to child sexual abuse are based on the available evidence about child sex offenders.” This report aims to set straight five common myths about individuals guilty of child sex offences. These five misunderstandings are: all child sex offenders are paedophiles; child sex offenders target strangers; all child sex offenders were victims of sexual abuse themselves; child sex offenders have high rates of recidivism; and by the time an offender is detected, he or she has victimized hundreds of children.