Fast Facts About Males Who Sexually Offend

Fact 1: There is no “typical” sex offender.

There is no typical profile of someone who commits sexual abuse. People who commit sexual abuse cross all socioeconomic, educational, gender, age, and cultural lines. Approximately 95% of people who sexually abuse others are male.

Fact 2: There are many motivations for someone to engage in sexually abusive behavior.

There is no single reason someone sexually abuses others. Motivations can include general criminal and antisocial attitudes, anger management issues, lack of impulse control, intimacy deficits and loneliness, sexual preferences, sexual arousal to violence, hypersexuality, and/or a desire for power and control. Adults who sexually abuse others may or may not do so because they are attracted to the victim.

Fact 3: Most cases of child molestation are committed by individuals who know the child.

Most people who molest children know their victims and abuse from a position of trust or power within families, among circles of friends, or while working with children. This can include family members, trusted family friends, babysitters, coaches, teachers, ministers, and others who work with children. Stranger-on-stranger child molestation is extremely rare.

Fact 4: Males who sexually offend have low recidivism rates.

Contrary to popular belief, very few people who commit a sexual offense reoffend. As a group, sexual offenders have the lowest recidivism rate of all crime types other than murderers. Data show that, on average, 7 percent of individuals adjudicated or convicted of a sexual offense commit another sexual crime.

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Adult males who sexually offend (male sex offenders)

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