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Sex Crime

Sex offending and society, 3rd Edition

By Terry Thomas


260 pages

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Sex Crime, Third edition offers a comprehensive and integrative introduction to sex crime, written by an expert in the field. The third edition has been fully expanded and updated to include further coverage of a range of critical topics, including child sexual exploitation, child pornography, female sex offenders, treatment approaches such as the ‘Good Lives Model’ and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Delving into and beyond the news headlines about sexual crimes that seem to appear on our screens and in our newspapers almost every day, this third edition draws on a range of high profile case studies, such as Vanessa George, Stuart Hall, Jimmy Savile and Operation Yewtree and also offers a review of all relevant legislation. This new edition also includes an analysis ofpossible causes of sex offending, as well as public and professional responses to sex crime. Including an examination of the policing of sexual crime; the prosecution of the accused; the sentencing and punishment of sexual offenders; and ‘public protection’ measures, this new edition covers all of the key aspects of sex crime and how it is dealt with.

Wide-ranging and authoritative, Sex Crime, Third edition presents a complex area in a straightforward and understandable manner. Thomas guides the reader through the range of policies and law which have accumulated over the years, making this essential reading for academics and students engaged in the study of sex crime, sexual violence and the treatment of sex offenders. It will also be of great interest to criminal justice practitioners.


'Sex Crime, Third edition is a fully updated version of this already key text. Looking at sex offending and society from a number of angles, it includes the relevant law, criminal justice responses and how we can protect the most vulnerable. This will continue to be a valuable text for practitioners, policymakers and academics and I encourage all who have an interest in this field to read and digest.' - Karen Harrison, Senior Lecturer in Law, Law School, University of Hull, UK

'A must-read book for all students seeking a broad understanding of the responses to sex crimes in modern society. Terry Thomas's book offers a clear and readable presentation of the social, historical, political, legal and law enforcement issues in dealing with sexual offending. An invaluable guide or supplementary text for sex crimes modules or courses.' - Sarah Kingston, Lecturer in Criminology, The Law School, University of Lancaster, UK

'As public sensitivity surrounding sex crimes and sex offenders is at unprecedented levels, this comprehensive text provides an urgently needed contribution to the debate. The unemotional and matter-of-fact exploration of laws and sentencing, policing and security, victims and protection, and offenders and rehabilitation offers both foundational knowledge, as well as in-depth analysis. Terry Thomas has written an indispensable companion for students and researchers, practitioners and politicians, that combines accessibility with meticulous research.' - Susanne Karstedt, Professor at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University, Australia, and visiting Professor, School of Law, University of Leeds, UK

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Part One 2. The sex offender 'problem' - and responses3. Social responses to the sex offender: a historical perspective Part Two 4. Policing sexual offending 5. The search for justice - the sex offender in court 6. The search for justice - punishing the sex offender 7. The victims of sexual offending Part Three 8. Protection in the home 9. Protection in out of home settings 10. Protection in the community 11. Conclusions.

About the Author

Terry Thomas was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice Studies, Leeds Beckett University in 2014. His major research interests include sexual offending, the policing of sexual offenders, and the ‘management’ of sexual offenders living in the community; he has also researched domestic violence; the use of criminal records to screen people for working with children and vulnerable people; and ‘sex work’. He is a member of the Howard League for Penal Reform, and Liberty and is a member of the expert Advisory Group to the campaign group FACT (Falsely Accused Carers and Teachers).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology