Current Responses to Sexual Grooming: Implication for Prevention

12 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2007

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Samantha Craven

Coventry University - Department of Psychology

Sarah Brown

Coventry University - Department of Psychology

Elizabeth Gilchrist

University of Kent - Department of Psychology

Abstract

This article aims to outline current responses to sexual grooming; specific attention will be given to new legislation introduced in England and Wales under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. Following an outline of this new legislation, consideration will be given to its effectiveness, including practical difficulties that are likely to restrict its scope. Issues to be discussed include: poor definition and understanding of sexual grooming, scope of legislation in relation to non-Internet grooming, difficulties in identifying sexual grooming, and a failure of the new legislation to be truly preventative. The article concludes by supporting Richard Laws's suggestion that the most effective prevention of child sexual abuse would result from adopting a public health approach.

Suggested Citation

Craven, Samantha and Brown, Sarah and Gilchrist, Liz, Current Responses to Sexual Grooming: Implication for Prevention. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 46, No. 1, pp. 60-71, February 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=958140 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2311.2007.00454.x

Samantha Craven

Coventry University - Department of Psychology

Priory Street
Coventry, CV1 5FB
United Kingdom

Sarah Brown (Contact Author)

Coventry University - Department of Psychology ( email )

Priory Street
Coventry, CV1 5FB
United Kingdom
+44 (0)24 7688 7024 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.corporate.coventry.ac.uk/cms/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=2013

Liz Gilchrist

University of Kent - Department of Psychology ( email )

Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NZ
United Kingdom
+44 (0)1227 823081 (Phone)
+44 (0)1227 827030 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.kent.ac.uk/psychology/department/people/gilchristl/index.htm

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