Perceptions of a Sample of Convicted Offenders of Child Pornography receiving Treatment at a Community-based Therapeutic Programme in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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Title Perceptions of a Sample of Convicted Offenders of Child Pornography receiving Treatment at a Community-based Therapeutic Programme in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Author(s) Nilsson, Maria
Date 2009
English abstract
This study is based on interviews with a sample of South African offenders who were convicted in terms of the Film & Publications Act, No. 65 of 1996 and the Film and Publications Amendment Act, No 34 of 1999 that addresses the issue of child pornography. Semi structured interviews were undertaken with a small sample of men who are convicted child pornographers. These men all participated in a community-based treatment programme for sex offenders as a condition of their sentence and conviction. Their participation in the programme is court mandated for varying periods of between 36 months to five years. Purposive sampling was used to recruit the respondents and they were all approached to participate in the study because of their convictions. All the respondents were provided information on ethical clearance and could withdraw from the study at any time. This study focussed on assessing the perceptions of the respondents with regards to their ideas about child pornography and whether they viewed themselves as paedophiles or child abusers. The respondents were also asked to report on how they perceived themselves after the conviction for this offence. I found that the attitudes of their offences seen as an abusive act towards children were extremely vague, if existing. There also seemed to be a common manifestation of a certain reason that influenced to a deviant behaviour without previous sexual interest towards children. Indeed, when discussing paedophilia and contact offences there was a notable repudiation. To acknowledge the offenders self perception through intervention, suitably addressed on the actual needs of the offenders, prevention can be achieved.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Hälsa och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Child Pornography
Child Sexual Abuse
Sex offender
Self perception
Paedophilia
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/8481 (link to this page)

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