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Pol. Merkur. Lek (Pol. Med. J.), 2016, XL/238: 240-243

Title: The characteristics of perpetrators of sexual offences with organic lesions in the central nervous system 

Authors:  Juszczak D, Korzeniewski K. 

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The characteristics of perpetrators of sexual offences with organic lesions in the central nervous system


Juszczak D,1 Korzeniewski K2.

17th Navy Hospital in Gdańsk, Poland; 2Department of Epidemiology and Tropical Medicine in Gdynia, Military Institute of Medicine in Warsaw, Poland

Behaviour changes resulting from central nervous system (CNS) injury have been extensively presented in the scientific literature. Although the association between sexual violence and organic CNS lesions has been documented, the research on this subject is scarce.
The aim of this study
was to explore the characteristics of perpetrators with organic lesions in CNS who committed sexual offences.
Materials and methods
. The research material consisted of 180 court ordered psychiatric-sexuological assessments issued by forensic experts from the Mental Health Outpatient Unit in the 10th Military Clinic Hospital in Bydgoszcz (Poland) between 2004 and 2012. A specially designed questionnaire titled “Charter for Diagnosis of Factors Determining Criminal Sexual Activity” has been used.
Results
. Relevant statistically significant dependences have been observed between the examined variables.
Conclusions
. The vast majority of perpetrators of sexual offences have been found to have organic lesions in the central nervous system (CNS). Perpetrators of sexual offences found to have organic lesions in CNS were more likely to overuse alcohol and had earlier onset of alcohol use. Among the perpetrators within the study group the most common clinical diagnosis was organic personality disorder.

Key words: sexual offences, CNS organic lesions

Pol Med J, 2016; XL (238); 240–243