Presentation Title

Praying sexual perversions away: The role of religion and spirituality in deterring repeat sex offending

Presenter Information

Lexi GoodijohnFollow

Advisor Information

Lisa Sample

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

26-3-2021 12:00 AM

End Date

26-3-2021 12:00 AM

Abstract

Spirituality and religiosity play a role in defining “appropriate” and “criminal” sexual behavior. These definitions play a part in rehabilitation programs to reduce reoffending, and studies show that they have successfully prevented reoffending. Religiosity and spirituality both define and deter actions that can be constituted as sex crimes. It is known that many sex offenders claim to be religious/spiritual after they have offended. However, current research on the topic does not often consider how spiritual/religious one is before they ever offend. This leaves an interesting research question, which is under what conditions does religiosity/spirituality act as a deterrent for sex offending after conviction when it did not act as such before offending. Narrative analysis is used to cross-sectionally analyze the qualitative data gathered.

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Praying sexual perversions away: The role of religion and spirituality in deterring repeat sex offending

Spirituality and religiosity play a role in defining “appropriate” and “criminal” sexual behavior. These definitions play a part in rehabilitation programs to reduce reoffending, and studies show that they have successfully prevented reoffending. Religiosity and spirituality both define and deter actions that can be constituted as sex crimes. It is known that many sex offenders claim to be religious/spiritual after they have offended. However, current research on the topic does not often consider how spiritual/religious one is before they ever offend. This leaves an interesting research question, which is under what conditions does religiosity/spirituality act as a deterrent for sex offending after conviction when it did not act as such before offending. Narrative analysis is used to cross-sectionally analyze the qualitative data gathered.