- The Oxford Handbooks in Criminology and Criminal Justice
- The Oxford Handbook of Sex Offences and Sex Offenders
- List of Contributors
- What is sex crime?
- Exploring the methods behind sexual violence estimates: The Composition and Findings from National and International Surveys
- The explanation of sexual offending
- Sexual offenders and human rights: Protecting Victims
- Rape and domestic sexual assault
- Sexual homicide and violent offenders
- Child sexual abuse
- Alcohol and drugs in relation to sexual offending
- Commercial sexual exploitation of children
- Victim–offender overlap among sex offenders
- Female sex offenders
- The juvenile sex offender: Criminal Careers and Recidivism Risk
- A developmental life-course perspective of juvenile and adult sexual offending
- Victimization and revictimization
- The role of policy in preventing sexual violence
- The policing of sexual activity
- Sentencing high-risk sex offenders: Policy and Legislation
- The aftermath of sex offender registration and other controls
- Risk assessment of sex offenders
- Treatment of sex offenders: Concepts and Empirical Evaluations
- Informal social control of sex offenders: The Family and Other Forms of Support
- Restorative justice and sex offending
- Public perceptions of sex crimes and sex offenders
- The media response to sex crimes
- The paedophile in popular culture: Fictional Representations of Sex Crime
- Social media, cyberspace, and sex crime: Deviant and Democratizing Spaces
- The criminalization of sexuality
- Prostitution and sex work
- Sex trafficking and control
Abstract and Keywords
Sex offenders have enforceable human rights protected by international law and codes. Therefore, they should be accorded the same rights as all human beings rather than being treated as means to an end by, for example, ineffective “tough on crime” prevention policies in order to garner public support. This essay argues that it is in the community’s best interests that the rights of sex offenders are viewed as equal, not subordinate, to those of victims. Offenders are rights-violators who have infringed upon the rights of others when offending. They are also rights-holders who need to be supported in order to function with dignity and duty-bearers who should be able to pursue their own life goals as long as they do not infringe upon the rights of others.
Astrid Birgden is a consultant Forensic Psychologist and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at Deakin University.
Tony Ward is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Victoria University of Wellington.
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