Sex offenders: is there a male bias?
January 21, 2013 5:51 PM Subscribe
I know there may be no way to know this for sure, but my impression is that there are more male pedophiles, and in general more male sex offenders than female ones. Is there any way to ascertain this?
posted by zadcat to society & culture (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I maintain a longstanding local news blog. Recently I linked to a news report on homeless people taking shelter in the library. Someone commented that the library would no longer be safe for kids and I responded something in passing about being fairly sure lone men wouldn't be allowed to lurk around the kids' section of the library.
Others countered my statement, one saying "Why not lone women?" and another "Sex offenders aren’t predominantly male… those that are reported are predominantly male." I don't know whether this is true, or whether it's an unverifiable myth.
Is there any way to arrive at a reasonable statement of the truth about this? (I am not trying to troll for trouble, simply hoping to find a credible response to this discussion on my blog.)