Challenging misconceptions about sexual offending: Creating an evidence‑based resource for police and legal practitioners
The purpose of this resource is to synthesise over 40 years of research evidence to present an accurate and updated picture of sexual offending. With specialist knowledge, we can work towards improving criminal justice responses and outcomes in cases of sexual crime.
- This reference booklet addresses some of the most significant myths and misconceptions about adult rape and sexual offences, as well as child sexual abuse.
- The evidence has been collated from an analysis of the psychological and criminological literature.
- It provides a clear picture of what should be considered a misconception, alongside the current evidence of what is considered “typical” and “common” behaviour in both offenders and victims.
- There are multiple ways that this resource could be used. It may be useful as a guide to assist fact finders at different stages of the criminal justice process.