This examination of our nation's sex crime laws and the social attitudes behind them argues that many citizens are being pursued as sex offenders for nonviolent and oftentimes consensual sexual behaviors.
* Case studies showing the effects of over-criminalizing nonviolent sexual behaviors
* Two contributors-one a professor of criminology, the other a sexologist focusing on sexual behavior
* A chronology of important dates in the history of prosecuting sex crimes in the United States
* A bibliography of sources for further reading on all aspects of sexual behavior, and the legal and social response to sex offenders
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 234 x 155 x 23 mm
"Well-referenced and clearly presented, this book provides information that if widely known would result in more sensible laws. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers." - Choice
"In sum, Zilney and Zilney's work takes a practical clinical focus, reviews relevant legislation, and integrates case examples and research. The book would be of potential interest to probably a wide audience, including clinicians from various training backgrounds who work with sex offenders, academics in the social sciences, or legal professionals.... In terms of its use in the classroom, the book could be a useful text or supplement for courses from a variety of fields. In particular, its critical examination of the gendered social construction of sexual behavior norms would make it a suitable text for courses featuring topics in gender issues. Perhaps one of the biggest strengths of the book, though, is the humanizing lens through which it views these men (and women and youth) who have problems with their sexual behavior, some more serious than others, and who come in contact with the law. The take home message resonates powerfully that these individuals are above all people first, and much more than simply their worst personal problem." - Sex Roles
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