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Sacha M. Coupet and Ellen Marrus

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814723852

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814723852.001.0001

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The Wages of Ignorance

The Wages of Ignorance

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Children, Sexuality, and the Law

Franklin E. Zimring

NYU Press

This chapter begins by providing basic information on the nature and extent of juvenile sex offending in the United States. It then discusses existing tensions in the development of appropriate responses to juvenile sex offending based on social science research. The central paradox of the passing of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, in which the federal government required the registration of juvenile sex offenders, is the absolute void of any empirical support for the necessity and value of the act itself. When the few analyses of representative samples of juvenile sex offenders are re-examined, it becomes obvious that juvenile sex offending is a very poor predictor of adult sexual danger.

Keywords:   juvenile sex offending, Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, juvenile sex offenders, adult sexual danger

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