Female Sexual Offending: An Exploration of Current Knowledge

Josephine Brayford, Susan Roberts

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    In this chapter we focus on the available evidence with regard to adult female sexual offenders (FSOs). Where relevant, we also reflect on data relating to female adolescent abusers. The first thing to note is that in focusing on female offenders, it is not our intention to divert attention away from the problem of male-perpetrated child sexual abuse. Rather, the aim is to stimulate debate about offending behaviour that is often minimised in terms of scope, nature and consequences for victims. Second, this is not intended to be an exhaustive account of the existing evidence on female sexual offenders. Our objective here is to highlight some of the key issues and draw attention to future research needs in relation to this population.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSex Offenders: Punish, Help, Change or Control?
    Subtitle of host publicationTheory, Policy and Practice Explored
    EditorsJo Brayford, Francis Cowe, John Deering
    ISBN (Electronic)9781136292200 , 9780203114735
    ISBN (Print)9780415676984
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2012


    • female sex offenders
    • FSOs
    • sexual abuse
    • child sexual abuse
    • offending behaviour
    • female-perpetrated abuse
    • sexual offending
    • female-perpetrated child sexual abuse


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