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Psychology and Law

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (online): 2222-5196


License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Started in 2011

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Sexual Offenders' Settings Towards a Victim

Serov A.D., Post-graduate Student of the Department of Legal Psychology of the Faculty of Legal Psychology, Moscow City Psychological Pedagogical University, Moscow, Russia,
Syrokvashina K.V., Ph.D. in Psychology, Associate Professor, Chair of Juridical Psychology, Juridical Psychology faculty, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education; Senior Researcher, FSI “SSC SFP named after V.P. Serbsky FAHSD”, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia,
Basinskaya I.A., head of the department in Oryel special intensive psychiatric care, Russia
The article describes cultural, social and individual psychological peculiarities of development of delinquent sexual behavior. Special emphasis in made on the factor of sexual offenders’ setting towards the victim. It was suggested that sexual offenders’ representations of a victim and her/his beliefs are often distorted: victim’s normal behavior, not associated with sexuality, is understood by offenders as provoking them to sexual intercourse. Different viewpoints on the reasons for development of such settings are discussed. The article also describes some negative sociocultural stereotypes in the sphere of sexuality. The results of empirical research aimed at investigation of sexual offenders’ settings towards the violated women as well as pedophilic actions are provided. These results allow concluding on differences in mechanisms of a victim’s representation in different types of sexual offenders.

Keywords: delinquent sexual behavior, sexual offence, offenders’ setting towards a victim, risk factors, rape, child seduction, sexual offender’s personality, gender stereotypes.

Column: Forensic and Clinical Psychology in Juridical Context

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