ASD and Sexual Offending: Understanding the Causes

An increasing number of studies suggest that, in those with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a significant proportion of deviant or sexual offending behaviour is often ‘driven’ by symptoms inherent to ASD, rather than any malice. Recent research has also emphasised that there are a range of vulnerabilities in many young people with ASD who are charged with the viewing of Indecent Images of Children (IIOC).

In the second of CYCJ’s Associates Webinar Series, Dr Clare Allely (University of Salford) will discuss the factors that can contribute to someone with ASD engaging in the viewing of IIOC. Sharing learning from a case study, Dr Allely will consider some of the ways in which various features of ASD can provide the context of vulnerability to engaging in this behaviour – which urgently needs more recognition in criminal law.

Ultimately, Dr Allely’s webinar will consider what happens when we try to understand the causes behind the offending behaviour, and the support that can be offered to young people as a result.

The talk will begin at 1pm, followed by a brief Q&A session. Register here via Eventbrite.

This event will be held via Microsoft Teams. Details will be sent out to all registered participants 24 hours prior. Please note that it is not possible to join this webinar from EventBrite.

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