Childhood Victimization and Lack of Empathy as Predictors of Sexual Offending Against Women and Children

  title={Childhood Victimization and Lack of Empathy as Predictors of Sexual Offending Against Women and Children},
  author={Dominique A Simons and Sandy K. Wurtele and Peggy Heil},
  journal={Journal of Interpersonal Violence},
  pages={1291 - 1307}
A model of sexual deviance is presented which illustrates that lack of empathy mediates the associations between childhood victimization experiences and adult risk for sexual offending against women and children. For 188 incarcerated sexual offenders, admissions of victims and disclosures of childhood experiences of abuse and early exposure to pornography were recorded from criminal history, a sexual history questionnaire, and polygraph examinations. Empathy was assessed using victim- and abuse… 

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