Summary

In summary, 19 cases are described in varying detail. Information on offenders obtained through OMS and hard copy files was used to construct case studies of each of the offenders. Information obtained was then analyzed in order to determine whether characteristics of these women and their offences fit in the profile of female sex offenders in the current literature. In general, the characteristics of this sample of offenders fit this profile.

However, the current study revealed that the females in this sample tended to be more violent than expected. In addition, the most recent typologies established by Mathews et al. (1989): teacher/lover, male-coerced or predisposed only fit half the sample. Although many women co-offended with men, they did not seem coerced into doing so. Almost half of the women in this sample seemed better classified by Mathews (1987) typology of male-accompanied. This finding expresses the importance of maintaining "male-accompanied" as a typology.

Also, some of the women in this sample committed violent offences on their own or in the company of males against "unconventional" victims. Mathews et al. (1989) typologies, along with most of the literature on female sex offenders, neglects this population.

Adding the categories "angry-impulsive" and "male-accompanied familial and non-familial" would provide an appropriate model for all federally sentenced Canadian women. A better system of assessing and determining specific treatment needs would drive the development of relevant interventions.

Thus the typologies which best fit this population of women is: teacher/lover (1), angry-impulsive (1), male-coerced (4), male-accompanied, familial (3), male-accompanied, non-familial (2). There are assessment and treatment issues which need to be addressed in light of these motivational differences.