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Pathways to Sexual Aggression

1st Edition

Edited by Jean Proulx, Eric Beauregard, Patrick Lussier, Benoit Leclerc


362 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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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.


"…an 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

Table of Contents

Introduction, Jean Proulx Part I. Theoretical and empirical bases 1. Pithers’ Relapse-Prevention Model, Jean Proulx2. Ward and Hudson’s Pathways and Self-Regulation Models, Jean Proulx 3. Routine Activities and Rational Choice in the Offending Process of Sexual Aggressors, Eric Beauregard and Benoit Leclerc 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, Jean Proulx and Eric Beauregard 5. Pathways in the Offending Process of Marital Rapists, Jean Proulx and Eric Beauregard 6. Pathways in the Offending Process of Extrafamilial Sexual Aggressors of Children, Eric Beauregard, Jean Proulx and Benoit Leclerc7. Pathways in the Offending Process of Incest Offenders, Benoit Leclerc, Eric Beauregard, Elham Forouzan and Jean Proulx 8. Pathways in the Offending Process of Hebephilic Offenders, Sébastien Alarie and Jean Proulx9. Pathways in the Offending Process of Polymorphic Sexual Aggressors, Patrick Lussier Part III. Criminal Career and Recidivism in Sexual Aggressors 10. A Criminal-Career Approach to Sex Offender Subtypes, Jesse Cale and Patrick Lussier 11. Offending Pathways and Recidivism in Five Extrafamilial Sex Offender Subtypes, Patrick Lussier and Jesse Cale Part IV. Pathways in the Offending Process of Sexual Aggressors: Additional Studies 12. Rapists and Sexual Murderers: Combined Pathways to Offending, Shannon Vettor, Anthony Beech and Jessica Woodhams 13. Offense Pathways of Extrafamilial Child Molesters: A UK Study, Adam Carter, Georgia Barnett, Ewa Stefenka-Hodge, Tamsin Higgs 14. The Self-Regulation Model of the Sexual Offence Process: Theory and Research, Drew Kingston and Pamela Yates Conclusion, Jean Proulx.

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Criminal Behaviour

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology