n South African Journal of Criminal Justice - Paedophilia and the South African criminal justice system : a psychological perspective

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-8527
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2118



This article addresses the phenomenon of paedophilia as a motivation for child sexual abuse and explores the possible effect of paedophilia on the criminal liability and sentencing of the sex offender. It is indicated that various types of paedophiles can be distinguished and that perpetrators engage in paedophiliac behaviour for a variety of reasons. The impact the various types of paedophilia have on the criminal capacity and culpability of the offender is discussed specifically and the article concludes with a brief discussion of relevant reported case law.

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