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

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.)


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Gayane A. Vartanyan, PhD in Psychology, Research Fellow, Saint Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail: