Getting into the script of adult child sex offenders and mapping out situational prevention measures

  • Leclerc B
  • Wortley R
  • Smallbone S
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Abstract

The current study describes and examines the crime-commission process followed in child sex offending. There are two major aims in this study. The first aim is to propose a script model in child sex offending. The second aim is to show the relevance of completing crime scripts to identify situational crime prevention measures.One of the weaknesses in the current crime script literature is the absence of proposed preven- tion measures. Besides Cornish, only Clarke and Newman have used crime scripts for its main purpose, which is to offer a way to develop situational crime prevention techniques. In this study, situational preven- tion measures are mapped onto the crime-commission process in child sex offending.

Author-supplied keywords

  • child sexual abuse
  • crime script analysis
  • crime-commission process
  • offender decision-making
  • situational prevention

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