Environmental Criminology and Sexual Violence Prevention

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One view on sexual offending comes from research focusing on preventing or reducing crime events rather than focusing solely on managing or rehabilitating the offenders after they have committed an act. Most existing policies focus on restricting and monitoring the movements and behaviors of sex offenders in the community, while ignoring the context in which these crimes occur. By examining the context of these crimes (i.e., social context and physical setting), additional prevention methods can be identified and examined. The focus of this chapter is the application of environmental criminology to sexual assault prevention programs and policies. The chapter uses concepts from environmental criminology, specifically routine activity theory, as a framework to examine sexual violence and the context in which it occurs. A case study of Jerry Sandusky and routine activity theory are presented.

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Monk, K., (2015). Environmental Criminology and Sexual Violence Prevention. In R. Wright (Ed.), Sex Offender Laws: Failed Policies, New Directions, 2nd ed., (pp. 313-328). New York: Springer Publishing.

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