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Juveniles, the Internet, and Sexual Offending 

Juveniles, the Internet, and Sexual Offending
Juveniles, the Internet, and Sexual Offending

Cyril Boonmann

, Albert J. Grudzinskas

, and Marcel Aebi

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date: 13 June 2021

This chapter provides an overview of the use of and exposure to Internet pornography by juveniles in general, and juveniles who committed a sexual offense (JSOs) in particular. In the general population, the use of or exposure to pornography was found to be related to sexual offending behavior as well as general offending behavior. JSOs were more often exposed to pornography than other offending youths. Next to offline sex offenses, juveniles also commit sex offenses online (e.g., downloading child pornography, sexting, online sexual harassment). Compared to offline JSOs, online JSOs seem to have fewer problems in general, although it has been suggested that they have more internalizing problems (e.g., emotional loneliness). The role of the Internet on adolescents’ sexual offending behavior is still not well understood. Despite the limited research on this subject, recommendations for clinical practice for offline and online sexual offenders are given.

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