n Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine - A society guilty of encouraging future sex offending? Perceptions of diverted female youth sex offenders - part 2

Volume 108, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 1015-2385


Youth sex offending in South Africa, as explained in part one of this article (see : May 2015), is a fairly new field of study, especially when it concerns the sub-field of female youth who sexually offend. Furthermore, the extent of female youth sex offending is difficult to ascertain (Moore, 2005). Hunter et al (2006) elaborate that, due to the low incidence or the underreporting of female sex offending, the prevalence of this offending is difficult to assess. Subsequently, sex offending committed by females is a phenomenon that has been under-recognised, as there is a dearth in research regarding females who sexually offend (Denov, 2004). This article is based on a study conducted by Da Costa (2014) focusing on female youth sex offenders by exploring their perceptions regarding the reasons for their offending.

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