Sex industry exposure over the life course on the onset and frequency of sex offending
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J. Crim. Justice
POSTTRAUMATIC-STRESS-DISORDER; CHILD PORNOGRAPHY; COURSE TRANSITIONS; CRIMINAL ONSET; RECIDIVISM; PROSTITUTION; VICTIMIZATION; OFFENSES; BEHAVIOR; VIOLENCE; Criminology & Penology
Purpose: Research has examined pornography use on the extent of offending. However, virtually no work has tested whether other sex industry experiences affect sex crime. By extension, the cumulative effect of these exposures is unknown. Social learning theory predicts that exposure should amplify offending. Separately, the developmental perspective highlights that the timing of exposure matters. Methods: Drawing on retrospective longitudinal data, we first test whether exposure during adolescence is associated with a younger age of onset; we also examine whether adulthood exposure is linked with greater frequency of offending. Results: Findings indicate that most types of adolescent exposures as well as total exposures were related to an earlier age of onset. Exposure during adulthood was also associated with an overall increase in sex offending, but effects were dependent on "type." Conclusion: There are nuances in the effect of sex industry exposure on offending patterns. Implications of results are discussed. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Journal of Criminal Justice
"Sex industry exposure over the life course on the onset and frequency of sex offending" (2014). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 5785.