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Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 57

Marianne James
ISBN 0 642 24009 4 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, June 1996


Although not a legally recognised offence, paedophilia (sexual attraction toward children) invariably involves the commission of crimes such as sexual assault, indecency and offences relating to child pornography. Paedophilia may be dealt with either by adopting a medical model in which treatment is provided with a view to preventing the occurrence of further undesirable conduct, or by punishing individuals through the use of the courts. James examines many issues of relevance to the debate on paedophilia.