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Sexual Abuse: A Journal
of Research and
Treatment
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The Recidivism Rates of Female Sexual Offenders Are Low: A
Meta-Analysis
Franca Cortoni, R. Karl Hanson and Marie-Ève Coache
Sex Abuse 2010 22: 387
DOI: 10.1177/1079063210372142
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Article

The Recidivism Rates
of Female Sexual
Offenders Are Low:
A Meta-Analysis

Sexual Abuse: A Journal of
Research and Treatment
22(4) 387­ 401

© 2010 Association for the Treatment
of Sexual Abusers
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DOI: 10.1177/1079063210372142
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Franca Cortoni1, R. Karl Hanson2,
and Marie-Ève Coache1

Abstract
This study examined the recidivism rates of female sexual offenders. A meta-analysis of 10 studies (2,490 offenders; average follow-up 6.5 years) showed that female sexual offenders have extremely low rates of sexual recidivism (less than 3%). The recidivism rates for violent (including sexual) offences and for any type of crime were predictably higher than the recidivism rates for sexual offences but still lower than the recidivism rates of male sexual offenders. These findings indicate the need for distinct policies and procedures for assessing and managing the risk of male and female sexual offenders. Risk assessment tools developed...
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DOI: 10.1177/1079063210372142
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Franca Cortoni, R. Karl Hanson and Marie-Ève Coache
Meta-Analysis
The Recidivism Rates of Female Sexual Offenders Are Low: A
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