The Nature and Extent of Sexual Assault

  • Gene G. Abel
  • Joanne-L. Rouleau
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)

Abstract

In the last decade, the increased access given psychiatrists and psychologists to evaluate sex offenders has improved our understanding of sexual assaults. By developing new methods to assess the sexual assaulter, therapists have begun to clarify potential concerns that need to be evaluated in any sexual offender and to examine the impact of various treatment interventions designed to alter his behavior and thereby reduce sexual assaults. New psychological, behavioral, and physiological assessment methods allow therapists to identify and profile more accurately the various diagnostic categories of sexual assaulters, the true number of an offender’s reported victims, the extent of violence during assaults, the age at which an offender develops deviant sexual interest, and the offender’s sexual preference pattern.

Keywords

Child Molestation Sexual Assault Victim Criminal Justice Setting Deviant Sexual Behavior Sexual Assaulter 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gene G. Abel
    • 1
  • Joanne-L. Rouleau
    • 1
  1. 1.Behavioral Medicine InstituteAtlantaUSA

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