The consumption of Internet child pornography and violent and sex offending


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ENDRASS, Jerome, Frank URBANIOK, Lea C. HAMMERMEISTER, Christian BENZ, Thomas ELBERT, Arja LAUBACHER, Astrid ROSSEGGER, 2009. The consumption of Internet child pornography and violent and sex offending. In: BMC Psychiatry. 9(43). Available under: doi: 10.1186/1471-244X-9-43

@article{Endrass2009consu-10424, title={The consumption of Internet child pornography and violent and sex offending}, year={2009}, doi={10.1186/1471-244X-9-43}, number={43}, volume={9}, journal={BMC Psychiatry}, author={Endrass, Jerome and Urbaniok, Frank and Hammermeister, Lea C. and Benz, Christian and Elbert, Thomas and Laubacher, Arja and Rossegger, Astrid} }

The consumption of Internet child pornography and violent and sex offending Hammermeister, Lea C. Rossegger, Astrid Hammermeister, Lea C. 2009 Background: There is an ongoing debate on whether consumers of child pornography pose a risk for hands-on sex offenses. Up until now, there have been very few studies which have analyzed the association between the consumption of child pornography and the subsequent perpetration of hands-on sex offenses. The aim of this study was to examine the recidivism rates for hands-on and hands-off sex offenses in a sample of child pornography users using a 6 year follow-up design.<br /><br />Methods: The current study population consisted of 231 men, who were subsequently charged with consumption of illegal pornographic material after being detected by a special operation against Internet child pornography, conducted by the Swiss police in 2002. Criminal history, as well as recidivism, was assessed using the criminal records from 2008.<br /><br />Results: 4.8% (n = 11) of the study sample had a prior conviction for a sexual and/or violent offense, 1% (n = 2) for a hands-on sex offense, involving child sexual abuse, 3.3% (n = 8) for a handsoff sex offense and one for a nonsexual violent offense. When applying a broad definition of recidivism, which included ongoing investigations, charges and convictions, 3% (n = 7) of the study sample recidivated with a violent and/or sex offense, 3.9% (n = 9) with a hands-off sex offense and 0.8% (n = 2) with a hands-on sex offense.<br /><br />Conclusion: Consuming child pornography alone is not a risk factor for committing hands-on sex offenses at least not for those subjects who had never committed a hands-on sex offense. The majority of the investigated consumers had no previous convictions for hands-on sex offenses. For those offenders, the prognosis for hands-on sex offenses, as well as for recidivism with child pornography, is favorable. Endrass, Jerome 2011-03-25T09:17:28Z application/pdf Benz, Christian Endrass, Jerome Laubacher, Arja Elbert, Thomas terms-of-use Laubacher, Arja 2011-03-25T09:17:28Z First publ. in: BMC Psychiatry 2009, 9:43 Benz, Christian Urbaniok, Frank Urbaniok, Frank Rossegger, Astrid eng Elbert, Thomas

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