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Sex offenders often have similar symptoms, but their sexual activities are of sexual offending is sometimes quite different, and it varies by jurisdiction.
For instance, a fully cognizant 18-year-old boy who has sex with his fully cognizant 16-year-old girlfriend after dating for more than two years might be perfectly fine in one state, but a serious felon in another.
Over time, however, sexual addiction, like all other addictions, can escalate.
(Consider drug addiction, where hardly anyone starts out shooting heroin.) This means that over time sex addicts spend more time engaging in their addiction and/or they “raise the stakes” with more intense sexual activity as a way to enhance or maintain the neurochemical high their addiction provides.
Terre des Hommes Netherlands raises the alarm about a largely unknown, but quickly spreading new form of child exploitation that has got tens of thousands victims involved in the Philippines alone: webcam child sex tourism.
In less than two and a half months Terre des Hommes researchers were able to identify over 1,000 adults who were willing to pay children in developing countries to perform sexual acts in front of the webcam.
Nevertheless, the general public is often wildly misinformed on both topics, as are at least a few clinicians.
To show how undisturbed child predators can act but also to show how easy it is to track them down the Dutch child rights organisation put herself in the shoes of a 10 year old Philippine girl.
Together with Avaaz.org, Terre des Hommes the Netherlands has created an online petition to pressure governments to adopt proactive investigation policies in order to protect children against webcam child sex tourism.
Their sexual choices and activities, while painful, problematic, and destructive to existing relationships, are typically consensual and legal. There are four basic types of sexual offenders: violent offenders, fixated child offenders, situational child offenders, and sexually addicted offenders (SASOs).
Typically, most people think about only the first category if/when they picture sex offenders, even though these individuals comprise only a small fraction of the overall offending population.