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What makes someone a sex offender?
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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine
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In brief: Depends who you ask
If you are a victim, then it is a crime.
If you are arrested for doing it, you claim it is an illness. If you are a doctor treating a sex offender then you might think it is a personality disorder. If you are a lawyer, then it is a legal definition. Sex offenders rarely think of themselves as offensive. It also varies in different cultures. Perhaps child abuse leads to becoming a sex offender.

In brief: Depends who you ask
If you are a victim, then it is a crime.
If you are arrested for doing it, you claim it is an illness. If you are a doctor treating a sex offender then you might think it is a personality disorder. If you are a lawyer, then it is a legal definition. Sex offenders rarely think of themselves as offensive. It also varies in different cultures. Perhaps child abuse leads to becoming a sex offender.
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