Women Sex Offenders: The Use and Misuse of Classification

Amanda Matravers, University of Cambridge

This paper reports on a recent UK study of 30 convicted women sex offenders in prison and probation settings. Based on interview and documentary data, it discusses the relevance of dividing this offender group into distinct categories. The paper suggests that much previous research has generated oversimplistic explanations of sexual offending by women. It outlines a typology that recognises the relevance of individual and social factors to women's sexual offending, dividing the women into three categories based on motivation and offence dynamics.

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