Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 24, Issue 6, pp 367–376 | Cite as

Female Sex Offenders: A Controlled Comparison of Offender and Victim/Crime Characteristics

  • Jill Johansson-Love
  • William Fremouw
Original Article


The current study was a chart review of 31 female sex offenders (FSO), 31 male sex offenders (MSO), 31 female violent offenders (FO), and 31 male violent offenders (MO) using a 2 (female or male) by 2 (sex or violent offender) design. This is the first known study to employ three control groups when researching female sex offenders. Multiple variables appeared related to gender and crime. However, some variables emerged as FSO specific. They reported the least alcohol abuse history and had fewer admissions of guilt to the crime than the two violent offender samples. More FSOs knew their victim and were biologically related to their victim than MSOs. Lastly, the FSO sample was the least discriminating as to their victim’s gender and had the highest overall rate of sexual victimization.


Female sex offenders Sexual perpetrators 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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