Does the Internet engender sexual abuse of children? How do you identify sex offenders on the Internet?
The availability of child pornography on the Internet has become a cause of huge social concern in recent years. This book considers the reality behind the often-hysterical media coverage of the topic. Drawing on extensive new research findings, this book examines how child pornography is used on the Internet, identifies the social context in which such uses occur, and develops a model of offending behavior to better help understand and deal with the processes of offending. Detailed interviews and offenders' own accounts are used to illustrate the processes involved in offending and treatment.
Arguing that we need to refine our ideas of offending, and that while severe deterrents need to be associated with possession of child pornography, the authors contend that a better comprehension is needed of the links between possession and committing a contact offence. This book is an essential read for anyone involved with offenders or victims, from a psychological, judicial or social background.
Max Taylor is Professor of Applied Psychology at University College Cork, and director of the COPINE Project. He is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist, with extensive experience of research in areas related to the criminal justice system.
Ethel Quayle is a College Lecturer in the Department of Applied Psychology at University College Cork, and a researcher with the COPINE Project. She is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience of work with offenders.
The Nature of Child Pornography
Adult Sexual Interest inChildren
Child Pornography and Adult SexualInterest in Children
A Virtual Community
The Process of Collecting
A Model of Problematic Internet
Issues for Concern and Conclusions