Development of an aetiological model of online child sexual exploitation material offending

Perkins, Derek and Merdian, Hannah Lena (2014) Development of an aetiological model of online child sexual exploitation material offending. In: 13th Conference of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders, 3-6 September, 2014, Porto, Portugal.

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This paper proposes an aetiological model of Child Sexual Exploitation Material (CSEM) offending based on UK pilot studies on offenders’ histories, situational factors and modus operandi of CSEM access through the internet. The research employed a multi-modal methodology of semi-structured interviews, and psychometric assessments of personality, mental health and sexual behaviours and interests. The emerging aetiological model has highlighted the importance of interactions between (a) childhood attachments and relationships, (b) early sexual experiences with pornography, adults and other children, (c) life circumstances in the lead up to initial offending and (d) infrastructure of the internet, including anonymity, accessibility, and availability (Cooper, 1998). Previous research has suggested that a subgroup of CSEM offenders display “cross­over" to contact sex offences against children, either prior to or following CSEM usage (Howard et al., 2013; Seto et al., 2011), which is an issue of continuing concern to criminal justice service and treatment services. Research has shown these men are typified by a combination of paedophilic sexual interests and general anti-sociality, as evidenced in offence-supportive attitudes, lack of offence guilt, low empathy for victims (Babchishin et al., 2014). The current research seeks to integrate these findings into a comprehensive risk understanding for CSEM offenders.

Additional Information:Conference subtitle: Criminal policies in sexual violence: from research to legislation and treatment
Keywords:child sexual exploitation material, bmjcheck
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C810 Applied Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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ID Code:14846
Deposited On:10 Sep 2014 08:21

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