Sex Crimes Could Run In The Male Side Of The Family

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Jessica Renae Buxbaum
Male relatives of sexual offenders are five times more likely to commit a sex crime, a new study finds.

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The Swedish study found that sons and brothers of sexual offenders are five times more likely to commit a sex crime than unrelated males. The researchers suggested that the findings could help prevent future cases of sexual assault.

The study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology analyzed data from 21,566 Swedish men convicted of sex crimes between 1973 to 2009 and found a higher risk of committing sexual assault in men who are related to sex offenders with 2.5  percent of brothers of sex offenders convicted of similar crimes compared to the 0.5 percent increase in average men.

The researchers noted that while the results indicate a link, this does not mean that brothers or sons of sex offenders are doomed to become perpetrators themselves.

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