Online sexual deviance, pornography and child sexual exploitation material

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Abstract

Definitions of sexual deviance have changed over time and the more recent use of paraphilia and paraphilic disorder in the development of DSM‑5 has been met with criticism. The larger context of this discussion lies in the use of sexually explicit media (SEM), whether this can be seen as normative rather than deviant, and its relationship with sexual violence. The use of sexual media depicting children (CSEM) has been seen as a good diagnostic indicator of paedophilia, but clearly not all people who possess CSEM can be classified as paedophiles. However, possession and trading of CSEM may provide evidence of specific sexual interests and there is some evidence to suggest that there may be a potential homology between CSEM possession, victim selection and offending behaviour. The article explores how sexual interest in children is evidenced and the challenges in understanding the prevalence of these activities both in the community as well as forensic and clinical samples.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-258
Number of pages8
JournalForensische Psychiatrie, Psychologie, Kriminologie
Volume14
Issue number3
Early online date25 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

Keywords

  • sexual dysfunctions
  • psychological
  • sex offenses
  • mental disorders
  • paraphilic disorders
  • paraphilia

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