Criminal Justice and Behavior: Special issue on child sexual abuse and the church

chairs in churchThe May 2008 issue of Criminal Justice and Behavior (Volume 35, No 5) is a special issue on child sexual abuse, particularly timely in view of the Pope’s current visit to the USA.

Abstracts can be accessed here, though you’ll need to pay or have a subscription to view the full articles.

Here are the contents:

  • Karen J. Terry – Stained Glass: The Nature and Scope of Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church
  • Margaret Leland Smith, Andres F. Rengifo, and Brenda K. Vollman – Trajectories of Abuse and Disclosure: Child Sexual Abuse by Catholic Priests
  • Alex R. Piquero, Nicole Leeper Piquero, Karen J. Terry, Tasha Youstin, and Matt Nobles – Collaring the Criminal: Understanding Criminal Careers of Criminal Clerics
  • Anthony D. Perillo, Cynthia Calkins Mercado, and Karen J. Terry – Repeat Offending, Victim Gender, and Extent of Victim Relationship in Catholic Church Sexual Abusers: Implications for Risk Assessment
  • Jennifer A. Tallon and Karen J. Terry – Analyzing Paraphilic Activity, Specialization, and Generalization in Priests Who Sexually Abused Minors
  • Cynthia Calkins Mercado, Jennifer A. Tallon, and Karen J. Terry – Persistent Sexual Abusers in the Catholic Church: An Examination of Characteristics and Offense Patterns
  • Karen J. Terry and Alissa Ackerman – Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: How Situational Crime Prevention Strategies Can Help Create Safe Environments
  • Michael D. White and Karen J. Terry – Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: Revisiting the Rotten Apples Explanation

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  1. Abstract

    For the first time in history, law enforcement officers in the 21st century possess proactive methods to identify and bring to justice those who sexually abuse minors. In years past, law enforcement had wait for reports of child abuse before investigations could begin. But today, using innovative undercover techniques and the Internet, investigators can proactively seek out and apprehend offenders. Although this is one of the greatest advancements in the history of the enforcement of crimes against children, law enforcement still cannot take full advantage of this innovation. This paper explores some of the stakeholders in the cyber-struggle and the troubling reasons that more resources are not devoted to the problem. The paper explores legal, systemic, societal and psychological hurdles related to Internet crimes against children and suggests a new law enforcement paradigm that better recognizes such crimes.

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