Sexual deviance

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Turvey, B. (2009). Sexual deviance. In W. Petherick & C. Ferguson (Eds.), Crime and deviance (pp. 37-88). Alaska, United States: Forensic Press LLC.

2009 HERDC submission. FoR code: 1602

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Sexual behaviours and their diverse underlying motivations are among the most difficult to study for a variety of reasons. However, the greatest barrier to sexual truth is undoubtedly the fact that most people lie about their sexual habits, or at the very least, are actively working to conceal their true sexual self from public scrutiny. They most often lie about the age that they lost their virginity; their number of sexual partners; their sexual prowess and experience; the nature of the sex acts that they have performed or would be willing to perform; and in extreme cases they lie about their sexual orientation.

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