Why will the number of sex crimes continue to increase for the next several years?
Sex and the things that come along with it, are now more in the mainstream then ever. By a conservative estimate, sex crimes have risen approximately 66% in the last 10 years with some experts saying that it will continue to increase for the next several years.
Why will these crimes continue to increase?
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Of course, there is no way for us to know that sexual offenses will actually continue to rise in number in the coming years. This is only statistical projection. In addition, if these offenses continue to increase, researchers will have difficulty identifying for sure why it is happening. If these crimes do actually increase, there will be a number of factors that could conceivably contribute to the problem, one of which is increased agressiveness in definition and prosecution by law enforcement:
enforcement is more aggressive and definitions of sexual offenses are more expansive than ever before. Conduct once tolerated is now criminally prosecuted.... (The Management and Containment of Sex Offenders)
If the economy continues to struggle, there may be more sex crimes committed. This will be true if people come to feel more and more frustrated about their lives. If they do feel frustrated, they might be more likely to express these frustrations through the commission of sex crimes.
If women continue to become more important in our society, the number of sex offenses might continue to increase. This is closely connected to the previous reason. If women continue to gain power in our society, men might continue to be more resentful of them. This is particularly true if men continue to struggle economically. This resentment might lead to more men committing sex crimes out of anger at their reduced power.
Finally, it is possible that our society will continue to be more sexualized. If this happens, people might be more motivated to seek out sexual opportunities. They might try to do so with unwilling people, thus committing sex crimes.
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