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Contributory role of autism spectrum disorder symptomology to the viewing of indecent images of children (IIOC) and the experience of the criminal justice system

Clare Sarah Allely (Department of Health and Society, The University of Salford, Salford, UK)

Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour

ISSN: 2050-8824

Article publication date: 11 June 2020

Issue publication date: 3 August 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

Allely and Dubin (2018) and Allely et al. (2019) have emphasised that there are a range of innate vulnerabilities in many individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are charged with the viewing of indecent images of children (IIOC). Currently, the association between ASD and the viewing of IIOC is poorly recognised and understood both by the general public and clinical and legal professionals.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a detailed case study exploring the contributory role of ASD symptomology in the viewing of IIOC. In this case study, the experience of the criminal justice system is also explored.

Findings

It is hoped that this case study will provide insight into and understanding of how ASD can in some cases be the context for vulnerability to the viewing of IIOC and raise awareness of the need to consider this at all stages of the criminal justice system, including while making sentencing decisions. This case study paper will also more effectively inform the development of appropriate preventative strategies and timely interventions.

Originality/value

To the best of the author’s knowledge, this is the first detailed case study which explores the contributory role of ASD symptomology in the viewing of IIOC in the academic peer-reviewed literature.

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Acknowledgements

The author would like to thank P.J. for his time and dedication to completing the questionnaire upon which this paper was based. Conflicts of interest: The author has no conflicts of interest to declare. Funding: This case study project was unfunded.

Citation

Allely, C.S. (2020), "Contributory role of autism spectrum disorder symptomology to the viewing of indecent images of children (IIOC) and the experience of the criminal justice system", Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 171-189. https://doi.org/10.1108/JIDOB-11-2019-0026

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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