Perverts and Predators elaborates on the numerous factors that have contributed to the passage of sexual offending laws in the United States. Authors Lisa and Laura Zilney weave together a story of how sex crimes laws were created by analyzing the changing roles of religion and the medical community, offering theoretical explanations for sex offending from the unique perspectives of criminology and sexology. Working under the central premise that sex and sexuality are positive and healthy and that the only way to deal with the issue of sexual offending is through sex positive education and counseling, Zilney and Zilney trace the history of sex offending laws and highlight cases in the media that contributed to increasingly punitive legislation. The authors provide information concerning the prevalence and incidence of sex offending, including victim and offender profiles and the frequency and types of offenses committed in order to give readers greater understanding of the problem. They discuss politics as a major player in the creation of a moral panic surrounding sex offenders and fueling public outrage to garner support for 'get tough' laws. The management of sex offenders in society is discussed, as are consequences of the punitive approach for both the offender and the victim. Comparative case studies are used to explore what the United States could learn from other countries' approaches to sexual offending.
About the Author
Lisa A. Zilney is an assistant professor in the Department of Justice Studies at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, a Masters from Eastern Kentucky University, and a B.A. from the University of Windsor in Canada. Laura J. Zilney is a Sexologist with a private practice near Toronto, Ontario, Canada . She is a graduate from the University of Waterloo, Carleton University, and received her doctorate from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.
Table of Contents
1 Table of Contents 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction Part 4 I. Historical Perspectives on Sexual Offending Chapter 5 1. The Role of Religion Chapter 6 2. The Medical Model Chapter 7 3. Is There Any Explanation? Chapter 8 4. Historical Sexual Offending Laws Part 9 II. The Crime and the Criminals Chapter 10 5. Laws, Laws, and more Laws Chapter 11 6. Counting the Problem Chapter 12 7. Controlling Offenders Chapter 13 8. Considering the Victims Part 14 III. Learning Alternatives Chapter 15 9. Can Treatment Work? Chapter 16 10. Looking Beyond U.S. Policies Chapter 17 References 18 Index
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a scholarly work that provides a thorough overview of sexual offending laws in the United States. The contributions of several key educators in this field are reviewed. Pertinent legal issues are discussed from sexological and criminological perspectives. This book is a superb resource for students who wish to pursue academic study in sexual offending. In addition, I recommend it to anyone who would like to learn about this important part of American law.