M Jenny Edwards
Criminologist, Independent Researcher
WHAT IS BESTIALITY?
THE BEST KEPT CRIMINAL SECRET
Bestiality (sometimes incorrectly referred to as zoophilia) is the intentional sexual conduct or contact between a human and an animal.
Bestiality has been linked to a number of other criminal acts such as pedophilia, making and distribution of extreme pornography, and aggravated cruelty toward humans and animals.
WHO DOES IT?
AS MUCH AS 5% OF THE POPULATION
There is no single profile that fits all animal sex offenders just as there is no single profile that fits all human sex offenders.
While the majority of offenders are white, middle-aged men, the number of women and couples is rising.
Incidents have been reported worldwide, so ethnicity, race, gender, and even primary sexual preference can vary.
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IN THE NEWS
Woman shot at boy having sex with neighbor's dog
ARKANSAS - May 4, 2017
On Monday, April 17, a woman saw a teenaged boy in his underwear having sex with the neighbor's dog. She said it had happened before, so she grabbed a gun from her safety deposit box and ordered the boy, 14 to lie on the ground. When he recognized she was not a cop, he jumped up and ran, leaving behind an iPad and some clothes. The boy has met with the police, and the woman has been arrested for discharging her weapon. We're voting for the woman and against the boy.
Horse Owners Seek Stronger Penalties
WISCONSIN - May 4, 2017
The number of violent and repeat animal sex offenders seems to be growing,but many of these offenders are being charged with misdemeanors and allowed to go free.
Sterling Rachwal, 53 is well known to horse owners in Wisconsin. He has been sexually asssaulted numerous horses since 1993, some of whom have been mutilated or died. Rachwal has spent time in both prison and mental health wards, but each time he is released, he reoffends. Rachwal was most recently released from a mental health facility in 2015. He was booked on earlier this week on misdemeanor charges of burglary, bestiality, and animal mistreatment.
For more information on why strong, enforceable laws are important, visit the Laws page.
Serial Animal Sex Abuser up for Parole
NEW HAMPSIRE - April 28, 2017
People who are sexually attracted to animals (often called "zoophiles" or "zoos") report having their first sexual experience around age 13. and research shows they don't stop having sex with animals until they are no longer sexually active, some 50 years later.
Nicholas Coll was first arrested in 2007 at age 18 for having sex with a Golden Retriever. In 2013 during a murder investigation, Coll was once again arrested for bestiality with two dogs - one of whom belonged to Coll's roommate - the man who was murdered. In 2015 Coll violated parole by social media sites to meet dog owners and their pets. He was sentened to three to seven years, and yesterday came up for parole. Whether released now or several years from now, it's almost certain that he will reoffend.
Nicholas Coll has been arrested multiple times for having sex with dogs.