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The Micro-situational Context of Sexual Offences Against Adult Women: Unpacking the Role of Guardianship Intensity in Disruption

Cook, A; Leclerc, B; Reynald, DM; Wortley, R; (2020) The Micro-situational Context of Sexual Offences Against Adult Women: Unpacking the Role of Guardianship Intensity in Disruption. Crime and Delinquency 10.1177/0011128720954348. Green open access

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Abstract

The current study explores the way guardianship is perceived by offenders and the extent to which it affects the likelihood of disruption in sexual offences against adult females. Specifically, we compare the micro-situational contexts in which sexual offences against adult females are disrupted to those in which these offences are completed. Data on sexual crime events was collected from 138 adult males who were incarcerated for committing a sexual offence against a woman using a self-report questionnaire incorporating a crime-script framework. We found that the presence or availability of a guardian does not guarantee offence disruption. Rather, action taken by the guardian is the critical factor which determines a sexual offender’s decision to cease the offence.

Type: Article
Title: The Micro-situational Context of Sexual Offences Against Adult Women: Unpacking the Role of Guardianship Intensity in Disruption
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0011128720954348
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0011128720954348
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Sexual offending, guardianship, situational crime prevention, offender decision-making
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10112329
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