Jan. 23, 2018 | 1 p.m. ET
Sex crime management has become a “growth industry”, with
several laws being enacted nationally to respond to sex offending.
Perhaps reflecting an increased interest in preventing sexual
violence, a growing body of literature has been devoted toward
understanding the nature and extent of sex crime, its causes and public
and policy responses to sex offending. Yet, relatively few scholarly
texts that summarize and review this large knowledge base currently
exist. This gap is particularly striking given that contemporary
discussions about sex offenders frequently rely on myths about sex
crime. In turn, scholars claim that current policy responses resting on
these misperceptions are not likely to be effective in preventing sex
offending. This text seeks to fill this void by examining three critical
dimensions of sex crime scholarship.
The first dimension, “The Nature and Extent of Sex Offending
and Prominent Theoretical Explanations,” encompasses four
chapters of the book and reviews what is known about sexual offending and sex crime.
The text then moves into the second substantive domain, “Societal
Responses to Sexual Offending,” which encompasses three chapters of the book. This
focus is particularly relevant toward a broader understanding of sexual
offenders and sex crime policy given that public opinion, and more
generally, societal impressions, have played a significant role in the
creation of sex crime laws. The remaining chapters focus on “Sex Crime
Policy and Reform,” which analyzes
prominent laws and policies developed in recent decades to punish and
control sex offenders.
Join us for a very interesting look into a somewhat under-the-radar policy and administration area of our discipline.
, Professor, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University