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Juvenile Sexual Offenders: Continuous Research Needed

By Thomas G. Tittle / PATC

High-risk behaviors have been believed to have a link to sexually risky (unlawful) behaviors. The actions offenders take to commit a criminal sexual act are very stimulating to some in different ways – It’s a crime, the planning, committing the incident, the thrill, feeling superior to others.

Other responses ranged from musician, grocery-truck driver, artist, lawyer, marine biologist, mechanic, dentist, businessman, cement truck driver, video game designer and computer programmer.

Many adult criminals have stated they wanted to be cops, counselors or in the ministry. Each seems to possess the ability to control people verbally. When one possesses wealth, they can control others financially.


The topic of previous abuse often is raised as a factor in sexual offenses. When examining the offenders’ responses on this topic, mental abuse prevailed (10 acknowledgements), physical abuse (7 acknowledgements), with sexual abuse last (4 acknowledgements).

These responses run contrary to public perception. There seems to be widespread belief that sexual offenders were all victims of sexual abuse, with mental and physical abuse being relegated to a lower scale. Studies have targeted this specific area (mental, physical or sexual abuse) of the offender’s background attempting to link this as a causal factor for future violent behavior.

Using the belief that “it feels good to hurt someone like you have been hurt” is not new. Placing the appropriate term, “Reversal of Indelible Pain (RIP),” seems fitting. Unable to “ash” the past pain away, it is transferred to another for a “moment” of restoration of the offender. What forms of inflicted pain this may take, is in the fantasy or imagination of the offender.


It has been speculated that movies or television motivates or inspires sexual offenders. On that line of thought, the question was posed, “What horror or scary movie do you think about or like most?” Rated highest were Scary Movie (5), Halloween (3), and Scream (3), followed by others.

Certainly most people have seen a sampling of these movies and have no further thought on them. But focusing on the original question (what they think about or like the most), may indicate an influence of some nature. By majority, the ones that were mentioned tend to have more gore and “slashing” where the antagonist controls in a sadistic manner.


For any survey to have value, the data examined must be accurate. Even though the responses evaluated here reflect what was noted by the actual sexual offender, we have no way to confirm the veracity of those statements. Thus, this evaluation is after-the-fact and not empirical.

The age factor still holds validity where the perpetrator is almost always older than the victim. Females continue to outnumber the males as the main victim.

Relationships of some nature existed universally, with stranger contact non-existent in this case study. Causing injury to a living creature is always a red flag. Also brought in were the issues of the appeal for fire setting and enuresis.

The offenders’ description of what had occurred to them in life or the behaviors they displayed sexually as a result of the incident(s) indicates a continuous pattern of risky behaviors (or an attempt to maintain high excitement levels). This is taken from the questions on careers, abuse, movie stimulation and their description of incident locations.

Finally, the ability to identify a specific juvenile whose behavior may indicate a predilection to committing a sexual offense is a long shot at best.

Continuous interaction and experience with juvenile sexual offenders is the best teacher for the law enforcement officer. The law enforcement officer becomes the hunter of facts through select questions and reactions.

He or she can then reach a more reasonable and statistical based conclusion of an investigation concerning the circumstances they are up against.

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    This is a good presentation on the subject. The population sample that is used for the statistical data base is too small to be significant even though I find similarities in my own studies, at this time. There are just too many variables involved in the research, and; as these offenders are a part of a protected class, intense research is difficult to conduct. I have found that after working at three different facilities, a number of other factors come into play for the offenders: the offense, direct victims, and the in-direct victims. My current population of study seems to be made up of offenders ranging in age from 12 years to 20 years of age. They have all been "labelled" as mentally retarded or borderline retarded. My previous population of students/clients/offenders ranged in ages from 12 to 17 years of age, while the ones before that ranged from 10 to 17 years of age. I found that the most common trait amongst all of the "sexually aggressive youth" population samples was that they were highly skilled in manipulation techniques ( a learned and practiced behavior). They demonstrated intelligence in responsive episodes based upon their interests in the moment or any possible immediate personal gain. More often they were seeking power or the release of a high state of anxiety, and sought such through sexual adventure or misadventures. Many had learned how to play the system or had been allowed to assume roles that were less than appropriate for them based upon age in the home at some period of development. I found some that had been used as a crutch/outlet/source of comfort by a parent or guardian at one or more periods of development, and; if having had been empowered, had their power removed by another adult who entered the family and usurped or was given power by the present parent or guardian.

    As an officer on the street, I had a limited amount of time to devote to research activities, and; the department fostered no interest in taking on such a responsiblity, given the fact that administrators must continuously fight for money.

    As a professional educator, I learned that the public school system minimizes actions of offenders too often because they don't want to be responsible for giving up on a young person too early, or taking responsibility for "ruining the child's life." There is not enough emphasis placed upon people being responsible for their own behaviors. To make a sweeping generalization, it is always societies or the parent's fault for not preparaing the child to do what is right." Then, there is an argument for the failures of the churches to keep people interested in moral and social responsibilities as well as personal control.

    At what age does a human entity become a rational reasoning human being? At what point of growth is the individual capable of knowing the difference between right and wrong behavior? Whose right- is right? 'Where there is no law- there is no crime!' (A quotation of unknown authorship that I picked up along the path.)

    With all of the rationalization to present realism in the media arts, television, movies, video games, as well as audio tracks being made, companies continue to bombard the juveniles of the nation- if not the world at large- with images that present mankind in its most primitive images of behavior with no moral message rendered in the teaching for the unsophisticated. Hence, they, we- are all left to fend for ourselves. In essence, they live by a make a buck now and worry about the residue and future later.

    I conclude by saying that this is a well written and focused article, which has a large hole in it because of the population sample size. Yet, I do commend the author for the presentation and efforts, and; I would concur that a great deal of research needs to be conducted in this area.

    L. Riley, B.S., M.A., M.A.

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