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80%-90% of offenders know the women they sexually assault.15

One-half of convicted family violence offenders in prison in 1997 were serving sentences for committing sex crimes against family members.16

RECIDIVISM

Sex offenders released from state prisons were 4 times more likely than non-sex offenders to be rearrested for a sex crime.  Within the first 3 years following their release from prison in 1994, 5.3% (517 of the 9,691) of released sex offenders were rearrested for a sex crime.17

43% of sex offenders released from prison in 1994 were rearrested for some type of crime within 3 years.18

5.3% of sex offenders released from prison in 1994 were rearrested for a sex crime within 3 years.19

On average, the observed sexual recidivism rate was 13.7% of 31,216 sexual offenders.20

OFFENDERS WHO SEXUALLY ASSAULT CHILDREN

Adults who sexually assault children under the age of 18 are called child molesters or pedophiles:

A child molester appears to engage in sexual activity that is driven by anger and hostility.  To the child molester, the victim is more an object or a symbol to the offender rather than a person.  Rather than committing repeated assaults against the same victim, the child molester attacks different victims in successive offenses.

A pedophile is an adult who has a sexual deviation in which there is a persistent preference for sexual behavior with children.  A pedophile typically regards the victim less as an object and more as an individual with whom he identifies.  The pedophile may be interested in maintaining an ongoing relationship with the child.

15 Awad, George A., and Elizabeth B. Saunders. Male Adolescent Sexual Assaulters: Clinical Observations. Journal of Interpersonal Violence (Dec. 1991).

16 Bureau of Justice Statistics. Family Violence Statistics.

17 Bureau of Justice Statistics. U.S. Department of Justice. 2003. Recidivism of Sex Offenders Released from Prison in 1994.

18 Ibid.

19 Ibid.

20 Hanson, R. Karl, and Kelly Morton-Bourgon. Predictors of Sexual Recidivism: An Updated Meta-Analysis 2004-02. Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada.

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