Facts About Sex Offenders
- In 2003, there were approximately
455,000 registered sex offenders in the
- Most sex offenders (80- 95%) assault
people they know.
- At least half of convicted child
molesters report that they also have
sexually assaulted an adult.
- Over 80% of convicted adult rapists
report that they have molested children.
- Approximately one-third of sex
offenders report assaulting both males
and females. Research shows that most
convicted sex offenders have committed
many, many assaults before they are
- Most sex offenders report that they
have committed multiple types of sexual
assault (sexual assault crimes include
exhibitionism, voyeurism, oral sex,
vaginal penetration, attempted
penetration, fondling, and incest)
- Over two-thirds of offenders who
reported committing incest also said
they assaulted victims outside the
- Some studies of victims have shown
less than 30% of sex crimes are reported
to law enforcement.
- Young victims who know or are
related to the perpetrator are least
likely to report the crime to
- Most offenders commit multiple
crimes against multiple types of victims
with whom they have varying types of
relationships (adults, children, male,
female, known and unknown). This
behavior is known as "crossover".
- Sex offenders rarely commit just one
type of offense. Many offenders have NO
official criminal record or sex crime
history of any kind.
- There is no such thing as a
"typical" sex offender, however, all
tend to be manipulative, deceptive, and
- Sex offenders come from all
backgrounds, ages, income levels, and
- The majority of offenses (80 - 95%)
are committed by someone the victim
- Sexual deviancy often begins in
- Sex offenders usually do not commit
their crimes impulsively. They usually
carefully plan their crimes.
- Approximately 4% of sexual assaults
are committed by women.
This information is meant to educate you about offenders in
Jefferson County. It has not been made available for you to take action against any
individual. Any action against an offender which is determined to be a violation of law will
subject the violator to arrest and prosecution.