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Child sexual abuse: offender characteristics and modus operandi

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 193

Stephen W. Smallbone and Richard K. Wortley
ISBN 0 642 24211 9 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, February 2001


The study reported in this paper aims to gather both official demographic and offence history data, and confidential self report data, from a large sample of men currently serving sentences in Queensland for sexual offences against children. It providesa brief description of the methodology and summarises selected findings. The paper suggests that early intervention programs that are known to reduce rates of general crime may be equally effective in the reduction of sexual crime.