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Female Sex Offenders

NCJ Number
British Journal of Psychiatry Volume: 150 Dated: (1987) Pages: 615-620
A A O'Connor
Date Published
6 pages
Information on 19 women convicted of indecency and 62 women convicted of other sex offenses was examined.
Those convicted of indecency offenses often had poor social skills and had a high incidence of mental illness, mental handicap and alcoholism. Two were convicted of indecent exposure, a rare offense in women. In 39 (63 percent) of the sex offenses with individual victims, the victims were children and in 9 cases the offender was the mother or stepmother. In 25 cases, the women were convicted of aiding and abetting a male offender. Of those convicted of indecent assault on persons under 16 and of gross indecency with children, 48 percent had a previous history of psychiatric disorder. (Author abstract)


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