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The differences between sex offenders who victimise older women and sex offenders who offend against children

Browne, Kevin D.; Hines, Morag; Tully, Ruth

Authors

KEVIN BROWNE kevin.browne@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Forensic Psychology and Child Health

Morag Hines

Ruth Tully



Abstract

Objectives: Within the literature on sex offending, much attention is paid to the distinction between those sex offenders who offend against adults and those who offend against children. In contrast, there is a paucity of research into sex offenders who offend specifically against elderly or older victims.
Method: A detailed interview and psychometric tests were conducted with a sample of 28 sex offenders who had been convicted of a sexually motivated offence against an older female. These data were compared to a sample of 23 child sex offenders.
Results: Results indicate that amongst other significant differences between these sub-groups, men who offend against older women are generally younger, are more violent, and are more likely to use a weapon and cause injury and death compared to child sex offenders. The men who offended against children were more likely to think about and plan their offending, spend more time with the victim pre and post offence, admit sexual arousal during the offence, and admit to a sexual motivation for the offence.
Conclusions: This study suggests that men who sexually offend against older women and men who sexually offend against children are distinct groups. Treatment and risk management strategies should take this into account. Further exploration of this sub-group of offenders is recommended to help inform treatment and risk management strategies for sex offenders who offend against older people.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Aging and Mental Health
Print ISSN 1360-7863
Electronic ISSN 1364-6915
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 1
APA6 Citation Browne, K. D., Hines, M., & Tully, R. (in press). The differences between sex offenders who victimise older women and sex offenders who offend against children. Aging and Mental Health, 22(1), https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2016.1202892
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2016.1202892
Keywords Sex offenders; elder abuse; ageing; victimisation; risk
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13607863.2016.1202892
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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