2010 The internet and sexuality; A literature review.

Internet sexuality is a “hot topic” in therapeutic circles, and a study of the relevant literature serves as the foundation for this sound research and hypotheses. It can also help clinicians understand and incorporate theory and fact into their interventions. Internet sexuality, which can include masturbation and other activities like pornography, is thought to be addictive and can occasionally result in problems with intimacy and interpersonal relationships. Asides the earlier stated, this paper tends to review early literature from 1983 to 2002 about the internet and sexual behavior.

2010 Clergy sexual misconduct: Frequency and causation

The project’s goal was to investigate the root of clergy sexual misbehavior, and that goal is what this article describes. The study was limited to how men interacted with adult women, and it offers data on how frequently such misconduct occurs as well as suggestions for reducing it. The findings of studies on education, care, and openness served as the basis for these suggestions.

2009 Investigating the continuity of sex offending evidence from the second Philadelphia birth cohort

Using information from the second Philadelphia birth cohort, it aimed to investigate the evolution of sexual offenders and sexual offences. Additionally, the relationship between juvenile and adult sex offences was explored, as well as the influence of juvenile sex offences on adult offences. The overall pattern seen was that juveniles who had sexually motivated police interactions had a high amount of non-sex contacts, a low prevalence of sexual recidivism, and a lesser propensity to continue their sexually inappropriate behavior into adulthood.

2007 Social relationship in sexual offenders

In this paper the importance of relationship for understanding sexual offenders is discussed. Studies of social competence in sex offender populations are also reviewed. It was further concluded that while social skills deficiencies are not common in all sex offenders, they are probably significant in some instances. Where social competence deficits do exist, they frequently manifest as deficits in social cognition. Many sexual offenders have a lot of trouble starting and keeping long-term personal relationships. Lack of empathy and incorrect, culturally imposed sexual relationship standards are likely significant factors in these issues. A move from the study of social skills to social relationships is noted and this is perceived as an important development.

2007 Neuropsychological deficit in sexual offenders, implication for treatment

This paper provides a brief overview of the growing body of evidence that a proportion of adult sexual offenders present with some localized form of brain pathology, often left temporal lobe, that may, in part, explain the presence of gender dysphonia and the attraction to deviant behavior patterns in sexually anomalous men who prefer child surrogate partners or unsuspecting women.

Re-offending rates for sex offenders

It discussed the reoffending statistics of sex offenders and the prospect that every five years they stay crime-free in society, their probability of reoffending could decrease by half. Hanson claims that this is a result of physical ageing, including factors like declining testosterone levels, professional achievement, a loving intimate partner, decent friends, and few others. As a result, if the risk is 20% when someone leaves prison and they survive for 5 years, it is 10% risk; if they survive for 10 years, it is 5% risk. (Re-assuring risk 2007: Karl Hanson).

Supporting children and families affected by a family member’s offending – A Practitioner’s Guide. Lindsay Sutherland and Polly Wright.

© Barnardo’s, 2017

A practical informative guide for practitioners working with children and families affected by a family member’s offending. The stages of the criminal justice system are outlined with common questions which may be asked during this process and how to address these. It is practical in approach e.g regarding contact and visits to a parent in prison. It aims to provide an insight into the particular importance of children’s rights, and to understand the impact of offending on children and their families. Incorporating the needs of offenders’ children and families into professional assessments and support plans is covered.


Online Debate 5: Developing a worldly understanding of sexual offenders and their management 2014-2016.

A debate funded by the Leverhulme trus tand run by the Internet Watch Foundation regarding  the increasing importance of cyberspace in sexual offending, in particular in relation to online child sexual abuse and online child sexual exploitation.

Weidman AC, Sowden WJ, BergMK , Kross E. (2020) Punish or Protect? How Close Relationships Shape Responses to Moral Violations.

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 46(5): 693–708.

Abstract: People have fundamental tendencies to punish immoral actors and treat close others altruistically. What happens when these tendencies collide—do people punish or protect close others who behave immorally? Across 10 studies (N = 2,847), we show that people consistently anticipate protecting close others who commit moral infractions, particularly highly severe acts of theft and sexual harassment. This tendency emerged regardless of gender, political orientation, moral foundations, and disgust sensitivity and was driven by concerns about self-interest, loyalty, and harm. We further find that people justify this tendency by planning to discipline close others on their own. We also identify a psychological mechanism that mitigates the tendency to protect close others who have committed severe (but not mild) moral infractions: self-distancing. These findings highlight the role that relational closeness plays in shaping people’s responses to moral violations, underscoring the need to consider relational closeness in future moral psychology work.