Animal Sexual Abuse Information & Resources

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M Jenny Edwards © 2018



WHAT IS BESTIALITY?

WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE?

WHO DOES IT?

OHIO, USA - In September 2017 Scott Turner was arrested for performing oral sex on a dog he was taking care of for a friend. In March 2018, Turner was given 5 years' probation for the misdemeanor crime.

Turner had only recently been released from prison after serving 12 years for multiple child sexual assault crimes involving 6, 9, and 12-year-olds. The most recent arrest resulted from Turner attempting to meet a 14-year-old boy for sex, but was arrested by an undercover officer instead.

This disturbing case is not unusual. Our research shows that nearly 35% of animal sex offenders also sexually assault children. Another 34% collect child pornography or have a criminal history of child sexual abuse.



ABOUT 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 has risen in recent years, and cases have been reported worldwide, so ethnicity, race, gender, and even primary sexual preference can vary.

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.

On this site, you'll find cases grouped by primary behaviors. New cases and updates can be found on our Facebook page.



ARTICLES, RESEARCH, and TRAINING

Bestiality is a topic that generally provokes a strong reaction, whether its disgust, derision, or discussion.

Although reports of bestiality may seem to be rare, it actually happens far more often than you think, and is likely happening someplace in the world right now.  

Based on proprietary research, the number of arrests for bestiality has risen by more than 600% in the past seven years.

In the RESOUCES section, you find links to academic publications, research papers and articles, and commentary on current issues.  

Specialized TRAINING is available for enforcement officers,veterinarians, social workers, and legal professionals.

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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.  Penetration may or may not occur.  Semen emission may or may not occur.  Physical injury may or may not occur.  What's important is the sexual motivation or intent of the human toward the animal and how the act is defined by the jurisdiction in which it occurs.

Scott Heiser, an attorney with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, says the lack of bestiality laws in states without them is due more to a lack of awareness than a lack of desire.

Bestiality is specifically illegal in most US states; please check for current laws in your jurisdiction.  

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TOP STORY

Serial child sex offender convicted for bestiality is back in jail

June 15, 2018

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