Juvenile Sex Offenders: Differences Between Child Molesters and Other Juvenile Sex Offenders

Catrien C.J.H. Bijleveld, NSCR Inst. for the Study of Criminality
Jan Hendriks, ABJ Bureau for Ambulant Youth Care

Using psychological screenings from case files, we distinguish between juvenile sex offenders (ages 12-18) who have made victims 5 or more years younger, and those who have made victims from their own age group. We show how child molesters, a.o., have fewer social skills, worse relations with their peers, have been bullied more often in school, are younger, report having committed more sex offenses and make male victims more often. We discuss implications for treatment.


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Updated 05/20/2006