Female Sex Offenders: An Analysis of Crime Scene Behaviors.

Almond, Louise, Mcmanus, Michelle Ann orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-0095-1071, Giles, Susan and Houston, Elisabeth (2015) Female Sex Offenders: An Analysis of Crime Scene Behaviors. Journal of Interpersonal Violence . pp. 1-22. ISSN 0886-2605

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260515603976


The concept of the female sex offender (FSO) is a relatively new phenomenon within the social research literature. Studies of female rape, male rape, pedophilia, and juvenile sex offenders have suggested that different styles of offending are reflected in the different types of behaviors committed by offenders at the crime scene. These studies suggest that there are three distinct themes of behavior: Hostility, Impersonal, and Involvement. Multidimensional analysis is carried out on 35 crime scene behaviors of 73 FSOs from U.K. and U.S. law reports. The proposed framework was found to be a useful way of classifying FSOs with 84% displaying a dominant theme. These resulted in 52% classified as displaying Involvement, 17% as Control, and 15% as Hostility. Finally, the implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.

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