Sexual Offenders' Settings Towards a Victim 1049
Post-graduate Student of the Department of Legal Psychology of the Faculty of Legal Psychology, Moscow City Psychological Pedagogical University, Moscow, Russia
PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Senior Researcher at the Laboratory of Child and Adolescent Psychology, V.P. Serbsky National Medical Research Center of Psychiatry and Narcology of the Ministry of Health of Russia, Moscow, Russia
PhD in Medicine, Deputy Chief Medical, Oryel special intensive psychiatric care, Orel, 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.
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