1. Discuss trends of sexual victimization among adult women. What specific data sources do we rely on to measure these patterns and trends? What are the caveats in making conclusions about these trends?
2. Describe how we track sexual abuse trends among children in the U.S. What is known about these trends and what does future research need to investigate to have a greater understanding of these trends?
3. Compare and contrast two perspectives of the biological explanation toward understanding sex offending. Which perspective do you find most compelling?
4. Identify the perspective (biological, social learning, or feminist) that you find most compelling in explaining the occurrence of sex crime. List at least three reasons that support your contention.
5. Outline the major tenets of the social learning theory, being sure to describe key concepts, such as differential association and drift/neutralization theory.
6. What social and demographic factors shape public opinion toward sex offenders? Which characteristics appear to have less of an effect on shaping public views?
7. Discuss what is known regarding public awareness, use of sex offender registries and community notification, and protective action. How might the policies be improved to increase public awareness, use, and protective action related to the registry laws?
8. Describe the difference between static and dynamic risk factors for reoffending, being sure to provide specific examples of each. Identify at least one risk assessment tool that emphasizes each type of risk factor.
9. Outline at least two criticisms of risk assessment tools. How might these concerns be mitigated?
10. Access the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) website (https://ojp.gov/smart/legislation.htm) outlining prominent legislation. Choose two of these laws and a)the year enacted, b) the scope of the law, and c) the population protected (e.g., children, college students).
11. Based on your analysis, do you think the law makes for effective policy or not? Why or why not?
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