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PY102-02 Research Participation Credit Journal Article Summary The Article entitled: Online “Predators” and Their Victims: Myths, Realities, and Implications for Prevention and Treatment was published in the February-March 2008 volume of American Psychologist. It evaluated and answered many questions about online sex offenders including: How do internet sex offenders operate?, Are internet- initiated sex crimes a new form of child sexual abuse?, How much are internet-initiated sex crimes contributing to statutory rape?, What makes youths vulnerable to online child molesters?, and Who are online child molesters?. The article also addressed the implications for prevention and public policy, issues in treating victims of online “predators”, treatment approaches with Internet sex offenders, and the need for more research in all these areas. The article points out that the stereotype of the internet “predator” which uses brutality and deception to ensnare is largely inaccurate. Most of these sex crimes involve
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Unformatted text preview: adult men who use the internet to meet and seduce young adolescents into sexual encounters. They are often only charged with statutory rape. The groups most susceptible to these sex offenders are boys questioning their sexuality, youths with histories of sexual abuse, and those who repeatedly visit chat rooms and discuss sex online with unknown people. Few of these sex offenders include pedophiles or sadistic offenders. The article makes it clear that because of increase use of technology and social networking sites, it is becoming harder and harder to monitor potential sex offenders of this kind. After answering the questions above and many more, the article stresses the importance of continued research into this growing social problem of internet sex offenders. Finkelhor, D., Mitchell, K. J., Wolak, J., & Ybarra, M. L. (2008). Online “predators” and their victims: myths, realities, and implications for prevention and treatment. American Psychologist, 63, 111-128....
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