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Adolescent Crime and Victimization: Sex and Gender Differences, Similarities, and Emerging Intersections  

Holly Foster

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May 2014
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Jul 2014
This essay examines sex/gender differences and similarities in offending and victimization among young people. Gender differences are pronounced for violent behaviors and smaller for minor ... More

The aftermath of sex offender registration and other controls  

Kristen M. Zgoba

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Jan 2017
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Jul 2017
This essay begins with a review of public reaction to sexual offenses and the rise in social awareness that sex offenses have promoted. Statistics exploring the prevalence of sexual abuse ... More

Alcohol and drugs in relation to sexual offending  

Paul M.G. Emmelkamp and Fleur L. Kraanen

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Jan 2017
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Jul 2017
Substance use and criminal behaviour often go hand in hand, and sexual crimes are no exception. This essay on alcohol and drug use in relation to sexual offending aims to provide a brief ... More

Back to Basics: Gender and the Social Psychology of Aggression  

Richard B. Felson

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May 2014
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Jul 2014
This essay suggests that activist rhetoric and imprecise language should be discarded when studying gender and violence. Violence against women should be compared to violence against men ... More

The Benefits and Penalties of Gender for Criminal Justice Processing Outcomes Among Adults and Juveniles  

Theodore R. Curry

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May 2014
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Jul 2014
This essay examines recent research on gender and criminal justice processing outcomes and makes three broad conclusions. First, the benefits of gender that accrue to female offenders are ... More

Beyond Rape: Reconceptualizing Gender-Based Violence During Warfare  

Gabrielle Ferrales and Suzy Maves McElrath

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May 2014
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Jul 2014
Gender-based violence is one of the oldest sustaining features of war but has received significant scholarly attention only in the past two decades. Much of this work, however, focuses ... More

Biological Perspectives on Sex Differences in Crime and Antisocial Behavior  

Jill Portnoy, Frances R. Chen, Yu Gao, Sharon Niv, Robert A. Schug, Yaling Yang, and Adrian Raine

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May 2014
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Jul 2014
This essay reviews research in the domains of genetics, structural brain imaging, neuropsychology, psychophysiology, and hormones in order to examine (a) whether the same risk factors that ... More

Black Women, Criminal Justice, and Violence  

Kali N. Gross

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May 2016
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Jul 2016
This essay offers a concise overview of black women’s experiences with early criminal justice, beginning with the colonial period and ending in the early twentieth century. It also ... More

Case Study: African-American Girls, Urban Inequality, and Gendered Violence  

Jody Miller

Scholarship on race, crime, and justice often remains gender blind. Researchers cannot fully understand the influences of race and racism without serious consideration of its gendered ... More

Child Abuse  

Kathleen Malley-Morrison and Denise A. Hines

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Aug 2011
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Sep 2012
This article summarizes current knowledge concerning child abuse in the United States. It discusses major approaches to assess the incidence and prevalence of child abuse, including the ... More

Child Pornography in the 21st Century: From Child Pornographic Exploitation to Youth Sexting  

Joan A. Reid

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Apr 2016
Operating in the shadows created by recent technological advances in online communication, child pornographic exploitation (CPE) is considered among the most psychologically harmful types ... More

Child sexual abuse  

Dana Hayward and Ross E. Cheit

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Jan 2017
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Jul 2017
Child sexual abuse is a significant moral, legal, and social problem. Approximately 5 to 8 per cent of adult men and 15 to 20 per cent of adult women in the United States experienced ... More

Child Sexual Abuse and Opportunity  

Richard Wortley

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Sep 2018
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Feb 2018
Explanations of child sex abuse typically focus on the offenders’ presumed pathological dispositions that are seen to drive their offending behavior, and pay little attention to the role ... More

Commercial sexual exploitation of children  

Jenny Pearce

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Jan 2017
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Jul 2017
This essay explores key questions emerging from recent research with children who experience commercial child sexual exploitation. It examines the discrepancies between children’s right to ... More

Complicating the Immigration–Crime Nexus: Theorizing the Role of Gender in the Relationship Between Immigration and Crime  

Glenn A. Trager and Charis E. Kubrin

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May 2014
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Jul 2014
Research on the immigration–crime nexus has reached a point where the overall contours of the relationship are fairly well established, but its details remain opaque. In particular, ... More

The Conundrum of Girls and Juvenile Justice Processing  

Kimberly Kempf‐Leonard

Due to the under-representation of females, public officials have paid less attention to understanding their offending or to developing and assessing prevention and intervention strategies ... More

Crimes Related to Sexuality and Reproduction  

Daniel J.R. Grey

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May 2014
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Jul 2014
This essay discusses the history of criminalized sexuality, primarily focusing on the ways in which this subject was dealt with in Europe between the sixteenth and twentieth century. It ... More

The criminalization of sexuality  

Gail Hawkes and Xanthé Mallet

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Jan 2017
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Jul 2017
‘Sexuality’ is a fluid concept that has varied significantly across time and place. It is an aspect of social identity that means many different things to different people. The criminality ... More

Desistance from Sexual Offending  

Danielle Arlanda Harris and Rebecca M. Cudmore

Although it has received comparatively little research attention, the phenomenon of desistance from sexual offending is just as inevitable as the process of desistance from general crime. ... More

A developmental life-course perspective of juvenile and adult sexual offending  

Patrick Lussier and Arjan A. J. Blokland

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Jan 2017
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Jul 2017
This essay examines theoretical, methodological, and empirical knowledge about the activation, course, and desistance from sex offending. The authors discuss theoretical issues and ... More

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