The British Journal of Forensic Practice, Vol. 13 Iss: 4 pp. 221 - 234
What we know [sic] about men [some] who download child abuse images [sic]
Purpose – This review aims to focus on men who access, download, and circulate child abuse images [sic] across the internet as the most frequently occurring type of internet sex offender.
Design/methodology/approach – Some of the misconceptions associated with this behaviour are outlined and the extent to which internet offenders display some of the criminogenic factors thought to be associated with the multi-factorial theories of sexual offending are reviewed.
Findings – One conclusion from this is paper is the general impression that internet offenders show many of the characteristics of paedophiles [sic]. Their theoretical importance is that they appear to be ‘‘desisters’’ from acting out their sexual interest in children by hands-on offending.
Originality/value – It is argued that there is a need for more research to stimulate our understanding of this type of offender. Furthermore, what of those who both download material and offend directly against children? They present a dilemma for the literature as some research would suggest that they are not entirely like the internet or the contact sexual offenders in their psychological make-up; they are the
group most in need of reappraisal." [so, what you are saying, is, people who think different things, do different things?]
"Implications for practice
Internet offenders are psychologically very similar [?] to contact paedophiles [sic - do you mean they are just 'men']. Any claims that treatment [sic] is irrelevant do not stand up to careful examination.
Despite having similar psychological characteristics to paedophiles [sic], many internet sex offenders [sic] do desist (at least temporarily ['nice' weasel attack]) from hands-on offending. Desisting needs to be better understood.
The role of factors such as fantasies and cognitive distortions in offending may need revision.
There appears to be some damaging affect of abusive childhoods for some [!] offenders. Therapy [sic] should do more to address the deficits in the upbringings of offenders, although this does not condone their behaviour."
Kerry Sheldon is a Research Fellow in the Peaks Academic and Research Unit at Rampton Hospital, Retford, UK.
Sexual fantasy in paedophile offenders: Can any model explain satisfactorily new findings from a study of Internet and contact sexual offenders?
Research in Practice for Forensic Professionals (Issues in Forensic Psychology)
"Kerry Sheldon is Research Fellow at Rampton High Secure Hospital. She has worked for the probation service in sex offender treatment and as a lecturer in psychology and criminology."
Comment: Detailed analysis to follow.