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Sex Offenders and the Internet

  • ID: 2251073
  • Book
  • July 2007
  • 312 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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On the Internet, the opportunity to commit crime is never more than three or four clicks away.

Demetrion and Silke, from the Introduction to this volume

In this pioneering text the nature of Internet sex offenders is explored in order to help practitioners to understand and treat this new category of sexual offender.

Kerry Sheldon and Dennis Howitt examine the research base on Internet sexual offenders by reviewing case studies and psychological profiles, with a particular focus on paedophilic sex offenders. The result is a book that comprehensively details the nature of Internet sex offenders, bringing together the relevant research into one essential volume.

Sex Offenders and the Internet covers key issues and concerns, including:

  • Issues of child pornography social, historical, legal and psychological.
  • The development of paedophilia and the often unheard excuses abuse, attachment difficulties, fantasy and delusion.
  • Helping practitioners to move forwards what to do?

This text is essential reading for forensic psychologists, probation officers, police officers, MSc level students in forensic psychology as well as criminologists.

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About the Authors.


1 Sex Offending on the Internet.

2 The Issue of Child Pornography.

3 What we Know about Paedophilia.

4 Creating and Controlling the Internet Sex Offender.

5 What Internet Sex Offenders Do.

6 The Childhood Histories of Paedophiles.

7 Sexual Abuse and Sexualisation in the Childhoods of Paedophiles.

8 Coping with Life through Abuse and Child Pornography.

9 Relationships in Childhood and Adulthood: Security and Attachment.

10 Sexual Fantasy and Paedophile Offenders.

11 Distorted Thinking.

12 Desisting from Child Abuse.

Epilogue: What has been Learnt and What shall we Do?


Author Index.

Subject Index.

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Dennis Howitt
Kerry Sheldon
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