I decided to show one my presentation here on the blog that I took part in from my fourth year class in Criminology. I wanted to show some of you what we do in these classes, or in particularly, some of the directions we are moving towards in the future of Law and crime.
Just click on top of the presentation to view each slide. There are 52 slides. Sorry, you can only click forward through it…
I spent 14 weeks studying in depth the subject of Sexual offenders and deviancy. What I expected and saw in this course were two totally different perspectives. My initial reaction in judging sexual offenders was born from what I gathered from the media and my general public opinion. What I got was a world different from the reality that I was living in.
The stereotyping that we lump sex offenders into is so far from the actual truth that we really forget that are several levels and classes of sex offences, and that when we compare these offenders to other classes of crime, sex offenders are very distorted in our perception of criminality. The media likes to lump or categorize all sex offenders into one blanket class. For the public, all sex offenders get the same level of labelling. In law, we look at sex offenders in a totally different light. Just look at the Criminal Code of Canada to see how these are broken down.
When I tell people that 90 percent of all people convicted of sex offences will be put back into the public, freed with short sentences, most are a gasp at that thought. Our principle of law says that the punishment must fit the crime, or that there be a proportional congruency of the offence to the criminal act. Also, and we don’t realized it, but we tend to discriminate between the types of offenders. For example, when women are convicted of sexual offences, we tend to treat them differently. Think about that for a moment? A Female sex offender? how could that be? There are several cases of woman who have been charged in Canada and the USA of sexual offence, and yet the media does it job of telling the news, the effects are somewhat not as drastic as they should be. Nonetheless, they are sex offenders, and they get charged as such.
In my presentation we were to do research on juvenile sex offenders. So, the thorny issue of youth criminal sex offenders is a hot topic because a lot of lay people will challenge that notion of acknowledging that there are youth sex offenders. Yet, our courts have several cases over the years. Some cases are very disturbing, while others are not. Many researchers stated that there is so little data that can be found that for criminologists, this is a real black hole, and much more work needs to be done.
Sadly there is not enough research on the subject of sex offenders. We have so many unanswered questions about this class of criminality. What makes someone act out this way? How do we “cure” someone of their sexual criminal acts? …and so on. Let me know what you think of our slide-show?