Sexual Crimes Against Children: to Judge or to Treat?



Th is paper is devoted to problems related to the choice of methods of coercion on persons convicted of sexual assault against children. Th e author pays special attention to the current misalignment of medical and legal standards in the defi nition of pedophilia and responsibility for sexual crimes against minors committed by juveniles. Th e paper presents the medical and legal norms that must be aligned by use of examples.

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Keywords: sexual crimes, pedophile, juvenile offenders, sexual aggression, anomalies of sexual behavior

Journal rubric: Clinical Psychology and Psychophysiology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Vartanyan G.A. Sexual Crimes Against Children: to Judge or to Treat?. Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Psychology, 2016. no. 3, pp. 140–150. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


Tkachenko A. A., Shishkov S. N. Sudebno-psikhiatricheskaia ekspertiza po opredeleniiu rasstroistv seksual’nykh predpochtenii v svete Federal’nogo zakona ot 29.02.2012 № 14-FZ «O vnesenii izmenenii v Ugolovnyi kodeks Rossiiskoi Federatsii i otdel’nye zakonodatel’nye akty Rossiiskoi Federatsii v tseliakh usileniia otvetstvennosti za prestupleniia seksual’nogo kharaktera, sovershennye v otnoshenii nesovershennoletnikh»: Informatsionnoe pis’mo [Forensic psychiatric expert examination to determine disorders of sexual preference in the light of the Federal law dated 29.02.2012 N14-FL “On amendments to the criminal code of the Russian Federation and certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation in order to strengthen responsibility for crimes of a sexual nature committed against minors”: an Information letter]. Moscow, FSI SRCFP named after V. P. Serbsky the Ministry of health and social development of Russia Publ., 2012. 10 p. (In Russian)

Information About the Authors

Gayane A. Vartanyan, PhD in Psychology, Senior Research Fellow, Saint Petersburg State University, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology of Health and Deviant Behaviour, Faculty of Psy-chology, Saint-Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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