Episode 129: When Sexual Thoughts Become Sex Crimes

September 20, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

Sex and Psychology Podcast
Sex and Psychology Podcast
Episode 129: When Sexual Thoughts Become Sex Crimes
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Most people have had a sexual fantasy about something that would be illegal to do in reality. That’s normal. But talking about those fantasies sometimes gets people into a lot of trouble because law enforcement may look at fantasy as a sign of criminal intent. But does having a fantasy about doing something illegal and talking about it with others necessarily mean that you’re likely to do it? This is just one of many fascinating and complicated questions that arises in the area where sex, psychology, and the law intersect. Let’s talk about forensic psychology!

I am joined once again by Dr. Lucy Neville, a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Leicester. Some of the topics we explore in this show include:

  • What does the work of a forensic psychologist actually entail?
  • What sex scientists can bring to legal cases that center around sex crimes, and how pseudoscience hinders our ability to seek justice.
  • What is the role of sexual fantasy in sexual offending?
  • How do you determine whether sexual consent was present when disputes arise in legal proceedings?
  • When consensual kink becomes a sex crime.
  • How do you determine whether someone is likely to offend or reoffend?
  • The role of forensic psychologists in working with victims.

Check it out! To learn more about Lucy, visit her academic page here, follow @blue_stocking on Twitter, and get a copy of her book Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
Founder & Owner of Sex and Psychology

Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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