The Unloved: Sex Offenders With Learning Disabilities

Manos Daskalou, University College Northampton

Research indicates that the overwhelming majority of learning disabled offenders tend to be men identified as having behavioural difficulties in childhood. Their childhood background is characterized not only by social and economic deprivation but also by instability that in some cases can even take the form of abuse. This instability does not account only for parental loss but also placing the person to different residences away from family or other caring guardians. Additionally like other mentally retarded people, offenders are at greater risk than non-learning disabled offenders to have fewer opportunities for success in maintaining friendships and close relationships (Murphy, 1992).

The results of this research indicate that there are problems regarding relationships and family deprivation. This paper discuss why it appears that the sex offenders with mental retardation are more likely to regard people around them as friends despite the context. In the family context they also tend to minimize victimization and abuse that they have suffered from parents or other responsible caretakers, although it appears that they are more likely to be victimised.

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Updated 05/20/2006