“The Consumption of Internet Child Pornography and Violent and Sex Offending”

Posted on November 1, 2016, in Child Pornography, Research, Sexual Violence

Publication Information

Title: "The Consumption of Internet Child Pornography and Violent and Sex Offending"
Publication: BMC Psychiatry
Author: Endrass, Jérôme, et al.
Date: 07/14/2009

Abstract

Background

There is an ongoing debate on whether consumers of child pornography pose a risk for hands-on sex offenses. Up until now, there have been very few studies which have analyzed the association between the consumption of child pornography and the subsequent perpetration of hands-on sex offenses. The aim of this study was to examine the recidivism rates for hands-on and hands-off sex offenses in a sample of child pornography users using a 6 year follow-up design.

Methods

The current study population consisted of 231 men, who were subsequently charged with consumption of illegal pornographic material after being detected by a special operation against Internet child pornography, conducted by the Swiss police in 2002. Criminal history, as well as recidivism, was assessed using the criminal records from 2008.

 

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