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An analysis of the relationship between being deaf and sexual offending

Williamson, L.H. and Grubb, Amy ORCID: (2015) An analysis of the relationship between being deaf and sexual offending. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 21 (2). pp. 224-243. ISSN Print: 1355-2600 Online: 1742-6545

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Research demonstrates that deaf offenders are over-represented within the criminal justice system. In addition, those deaf offenders who are incarcerated within prison estates or psychiatric units are predominantly incarcerated for sexual offences. This paper will evaluate the existing literature surrounding the reasons behind this bias. In particular, this review will examine the characteristics of deaf offenders in relation to their personalities, language and brain development and abilities to communicate. This paper will consider proposed associations between mental illness and childhood sexual abuse amongst deaf individuals and later sexual offending. This paper attempts to evidence differences between deaf and hearing offenders in order to explain why more deaf offenders commit sexual crimes than hearing offenders. This paper will conclude that the research is scarce and inconclusive and that current assessments and treatment are potentially inadequate due to the profound difficulties associated with accurately understanding and communicating with the deaf offender.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: deaf, sexual offending, hearing, non-hearing, offenders
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: Amy Grubb
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2019 10:05
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:32

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