Table of contents for Sex crime : sex offending and society / Terry Thomas.


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1 Introduction  1
Forms of sex offending 3
The law 5
Consent 7
The private and the public 11
Dangerousness and risk 12
Present approaches 13
2 The sex offender 'problem' - and responses 15
Popular explanations and responses 16
'Expert' explanations and responses 24
Summary 33
3 Social responses to the sex offender: an historical perspective 34
Pre-industrial times to 1800 34
1800 to 1900 37
1900 to 1970 47
Summary 53
4 Policing sex offenders 55
Local policing 55
National policing 64
International policing 66
The Forensic Science Service 68
Summary 70
5 The search for justice - at court 71
Prosecuting 71
The court hearing 74
Children's evidence 76
Reports to court 78
Sentencing 79
Summary 83



6 The search for justice - after court 84
Community sentences 84
Custodial sentences 89
Post-custodial supervision 91
Indeterminate sentences 101
Summary 104
7 A sex offender 'register' 106
Origins of a policy 106
The Bill 108
The parliamentary debate 110
The Sex Offenders Act 1997 113
Implementing the Sex Offenders Act 1997  115
Community notification 117
Risk assessment 121
Summary 122
8 The search for protection 123
Protection in the home 123
Protection in the workplace 130
The pre-employment screening of child care workers 137
Protection in the community 146
Summary 153
9 Conclusions 155
Child prostitution 155
Risk assessment and dangerousness revisited 157
The central role of personal information 158
The rights of the sex offender 160
An international problem 162
Bibliography 144
Index 183