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1st Edition

Pathways to Sexual Aggression

ISBN 9781138961272
Published September 3, 2015 by Routledge
376 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Most people who read an article in the newspaper about the brutal rape of a woman by a stranger, or the long-standing sexual abuse of a young boy by his step-father have a strong visceral reaction which is a mix of anger, fear, and incomprehension. Apart from these aversive reactions, several questions also come to people’s minds: Was this offender crazy or sexually obsessed? What is the purpose of such outrageous acts?

To answer these questions, the authors of this book review theoretical and empirical models of the processes that lead men to sexually assault children or women, whilst also presenting new results and models on this topic. In particular, this book focuses on empirical analyses of the pathways of six types of sexual aggressors, three of which (marital rapists, hebephilic sexual aggressors, and polymorphic sexual aggressors) have never been investigated before.

Drawing on a large dataset on the offending processes of sexual aggressors, this book analyzes the influence of personality factors and lifestyle factors on offending pathways and brings together key researchers in the field of sexual aggression. This book will be of interest to psychologists, psychiatrists, criminologists, and social workers involved in the study, assessment and treatment of sexual aggressors. In addition, this information will be crucial for practitioners involved in the follow-up of these offenders in the community, and will interest researchers and graduate students in the field of sexual aggression.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Part I. Theoretical and empirical bases  1. Pithers’ Relapse-Prevention Model  2. Ward and Hudson’s Pathways and Self-Regulation Models  3. Routine Activities and Rational Choice in the Offending Process of Sexual Aggressors  Part II. Pathways in the Offending Process of Sexual Aggressors: A Multifactorial Study  4. Pathways in the Offending Process of Extrafamilial Sexual Aggressors of Women  5. Pathways in the Offending Process of Marital Rapists  6. Pathways in the Offending Process of Extrafamilial Sexual Aggressors of Children  7. Pathways in the Offending Process of Incest Offenders  8. Pathways in the Offending Process of Hebephilic Offenders  9. Pathways in the Offending Process of Polymorphic Sexual Aggressors  Part III. Criminal Career and Recidivism in Sexual Aggressors  10. A Criminal-Career Approach to Sex Offender Subtypes  11. Offending Pathways and Recidivism in Five Extrafamilial Sex Offender Subtypes  Part IV. Pathways in the Offending Process of Sexual Aggressors: Additional Studies  12. Rapists and Sexual Murderers: Combined Pathways to Offending  13. Offense Pathways of Extrafamilial Child Molesters: A UK Study  14. The Self-Regulation Model of the Sexual Offence Process: Theory and Research  Conclusion.

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Jean Proulx is Director of the School of Criminology, University of Montreal.

Eric Beauregard is an Assistant Professor at the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University and he is the co-director of the Centre for Research on Sexual Violence.

Patrick Lussier is an Associate Professor at the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University.

Benoit Leclerc is a criminologist in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University.


" accessible overview of the past and current research into the antecedents of sexual offending... Proulx and his colleagues provide both old and new information that is suitable to all scholarly audiences."— David Prescott, Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders