By Ezzat A. Fattah
Crime and Victimization of the Elderly presents a "state-of-the-art" evaluate of the social medical literature in relation to the crime difficulties of older people. construction upon a huge interdisciplinary base, the amount addresses quite a lot of concerns that may end up to be of curiosity and price to criminology and gerontology scholars and to practising execs. The e-book is split into significant sections. the 1st focuses upon aged offenders and the second one is dedicated to a dialogue of aged sufferers. all the significant issues more often than not coated within the criminology and victimology classes are given exact attention. those comprise: the character and kinds of crimes devoted through the aged, theories of aged crime, legal justice reactions to the older criminal, styles of aged victimization, reasons of aged victimization styles, worry of crime between older people and the abuse of the aged in household settings. The chapters supply a severe evaluation of the formative in addition to the latest empirical examine performed within the usa, Canada and somewhere else. each one bankruptcy comprises lists of recommended readings and every significant part contains an in depth record of bibliographic references. This e-book is a useful source to criminologists, gerontologists and social provider pros because it increases questions and defines matters important to an realizing of the aged and their organization with a number of features of crime.
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Do those who start earlier desist earlier or is it that the earlier one starts, the later one stops? In answer to this, we can only say at this stage of our knowledge that the age of desistance shows considerable variations. What accounts for the fact that some offenders quit earlier than others? We actually do not know and in fact we might learn something of interest about criminal behavior if we could find out how those who drop out at different points along this curve of progressive decline in incidence differ from one another (see Roth, 1968).
On the other hand, few precocious and curious young girls (or boys) may try to satisfy their sexual curiosity and/or awakening desires by making advances to old and unsuspecting individuals and may in certain instances be the initiators rather than the seduced. The fact is, most elderly offenders, accused of sexual molestation of young and apparently consenting victims, claim to have been seduced by the little girls or boys themse1ves. In many cases this is probably a defence, similar to the claim that the offence was committed under the influence of alcohol when the offender was not fully aware of what was happening and not in full control of his actions.
Covey and Menard found that absolute numbers of arrests have been increasing over time for both the non-elderly population and the population 65 and over. For most of the Index crimes, the pattern of increase has been fairly consistent. The exceptions are auto theft, which has had alternating periods of increasing and then decreasing arrests, and homicide, which has had a similar but less pronounced pattern of alteration. Comparing the elderly to the non-elderly population, overall increases in arrests have been less for the elderly than the non- elderly population for all crimes except auto-theft (and total index offenses).
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