Females who sexually offend

Ireland, Carol Ann orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-7310-2903, Ozanne, Rebecca and Ireland, Jane Louise orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-5117-5930 (2016) Females who sexually offend. Journal of Forensic Practice, 18 (4). pp. 296-300. ISSN 2050-8794

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JFP-07-2016-0032


Current academic understanding regarding females who commit harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) is at a distinct disadvantage when compared to male offenders. Female sex offending is both under-reported and poorly understood. Limited research is available and most continues to be descriptive, focusing on offender and offence characteristics. This brief review paper aims to capture some of the current thinking in this important area of study, aiming to summarise some of the recent literature and making suggestions about how best to consider this population based on the limited knowledge base available. It does not aim to present a detailed review, just a ‘spotlight’ on some of the emerging themes and considerations likely important for HSB in females.

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