Bibliography update

We have added another entry to the Bibliography:

Cortoni, F., Babchishin, K. M., & Rat, C. (2016). The Proportion of Sexual Offenders Who Are Female Is Higher Than Thought: A Meta-Analysis. Criminal Justice and Behavior


Women commit sexual offenses, but the proportion of sexual offenders who are female is subject to debates. Based on 17 samples from 12 countries, the current meta-analysis found that a small proportion of sexual offenses reported to police are committed by females (fixed-effect meta-analytical average = 2.2%). In contrast, victimization surveys indicated prevalence rates of female sexual offenders that were six times higher than official data (fixed-effect meta-analytical average = 11.6%). Female sexual offenders are more common among juvenile offenders than adult offenders, with approximately 2 percentage points more female juvenile sex offenders than female adult sex offenders. We also found that males were much more likely to self-report being victimized by female sex offenders compared with females (40% vs. 4%). The current study provides a robust estimate of the prevalence of female sexual offending, using a large sample of sexual offenses across diverse countries.

I am pleased to see that, especially from this researcher, some time is being put into looking at the numbers.  Even so I suspect that the numbers are higher than even this study states.  If you look at the numbers when it comes to female sex offenders and children the numbers go much higher.


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  1. Thank you very much for the great work with your website and for collecting so many studies!

    What is your personal opinion on this studies’ results regarding males being so much more likely to self-report being victimized?

    Of course studies will continue to contradict each other, but this claim was very unexpected.
    I’ve read many of the works you linked and all I remember are studies that came to the exact opposite result, which makes a lot more sense to me (society, expectations, outdated gender roles, “male”/”female”, all of that makes it much more difficult for a male (to realize it AND to be taken seriously)).

    Also: do you by any chance remember what that study was that claimed prevalence rates of female offenders were much higher for adults than for younger females? I remember that male/female offender rates were very close in that one, but only after the age of 18. Again the exact opposite of what this study claims. Weird.

    Thanks again, I can only hope you won’t abandon your site one day. Please continue doing this very important job!

    Kind regards,

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