Module6.Ch.6.Notes - Criminal Behavior Theories,...

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Understanding Human Behavior Spring 2009 Criminal Behavior Theories, Typologies, and Criminal Justice CHAPTER 6 Sex Crime Sex Crime
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Sex Crime “Surely if humans, far and wide, wound the genitals, we hate them; we hate where they take us, what we do with them.” --- Andrea Dworkin (1987, p.194). Understanding Human Behavior Spring 2009
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Normal, Deviant, or Criminal Sexual Behavior – A Fine Line? Understanding of sex crime may require more of an Understanding of sex crime may require more of an understanding of normal sexuality than of abnormal understanding of normal sexuality than of abnormal psychology psychology 65% of college age men have engaged in some form of sexual misconduct including sexual contact with children, coercive sex with women, frottage, obscene phone calls See: Templeton, T.L., & Stinnett, R.D. (1994). Patterns of sexual arousal and history in a “normal” sample of young men. In D. West (Ed.) Sex crimes . Brookfield, VT: Dartmouth Publishing, 183-196.
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Normal Sexuality, Sexual Deviance, Sexual Disorders, and Sex Crime There is overlap between informal, formal, and medical definitions and control of sexual deviance. Sexuality norms are relative across time and place. The designation of a variety of sexual practices as a disease and/or an objectively abnormal condition is inconsistent with cross- cultural evidence. There is disparity between the reality of sexual practices in American society and the formal and informal social control of “sexual deviations.” Would most sexual behavior we tend to consider Would most sexual behavior we tend to consider “deviant” be considered normal if we only knew what “deviant” be considered normal if we only knew what really goes on behind closed doors? Discuss. really goes on behind closed doors? Discuss.
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“Normal sexuality” is rooted in Judeo-Christian doctrine and the criminal law – it is monogamous, procreative, heterosexual intercourse between married persons. What is “normal” in the statistical sense (the behavior that most people actually engage in behind closed doors) does not necessarily coincide with social proscriptions for normal sexual behavior. What’s normal in one culture, time, or place may be deviant or criminal in another. Human sexual behavior is both learned and instinctive and impacted by a range of biological, psychological, and socio-cultural influences. To understand human sexuality requires suspension of judgment and To understand human sexuality requires suspension of judgment and attention to the conditioning processes, social forces, and attention to the conditioning processes, social forces, and environmental events that shape the biological aspects of human environmental events that shape the biological aspects of human sexual behavior. sexual behavior.
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