Forensic Psychology

Specific Forms of Crimes

How do sex offenders against children differ from those against adults?

In a 2007 study by Lisa Cohen and colleagues, data on 392 sexual offenders against children and 209 sexual offenders against adults were taken from the New York State Sex Offenders Registry. Offenders against children were older, more likely to have male victims or victims of both sexes, and less likely to use force or a weapon. They also had less invasive offenses and were less likely to have sexual intercourse with their victim. In other words, compared to adult rapists, child molesters are older, less violent, and less focused on female victims.


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