FEBRUARY 2009: FROM VICTIM TO VICTORY – OUR SUCCESS STORIES This newsletter examines some of the cases investigated by ACT member agencies and how near-tragedy was transformed into triumph for the animals and officers involved. Established that cruelty to animals is part of a triad of behaviors useful for predicting criminal behavior. It established the typical animal abuser as being a male of average intelligence with an early history of antisocial behavior, with a childhood history that is likely to include gross neglect, brutality, rejection and hostility. Studied two groups of male psychiatric patients, one with an assaultive history, and one with a history of animal cruelty. Found that in some cases killing animals was to relive the experience of killing human beings. Cruelty to animals is a serious manifestation of psychopathology particularly when paired with other symptoms and a troubled family history. • 1997- Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Northwestern University.
The second group was significantly more likely to have had an alcoholic father, set destructive fires, had enuresis past age five, been separated from the father, and cruelty was more severe towards cats than dogs. Studied fifty-three families in New Jersey suffering from domestic violence, and found that 60% reported that pets were also abused and/or neglected. Studied the relationship between cruelty to animals and aggression among criminals and noncriminals. Examined criminal records of 153 animal abusers and 153 non-abusers over a twenty-year period.
There were the predictable First Amendment arguments, and the American Civil Liberties Union filed an amicus brief on his behalf.
"I am not a pedophile, and there's not any evidence to indicate I ever had any personal interest in this in the past," he later told the American Journalism Review.
They found significantly higher rates of cruelty toward animals among aggressive criminals. The study found that people who abuse animals are five times more likely to commit violent crimes than non-abusers.
• 71% of abused women report that their batterers have threatened to hurt/kill their pets and have done so.
For some people, the route to compulsive use of the Internet for sexual satisfaction is fast and short, said Dr. Projected to the country as a whole, this would mean that a minimum of 200,000 men and women have become cybersex addicts in the last few years, Dr. And, he added, because the respondents were self-selected and because denial of the symptoms of sexual compulsivity is commonplace, there are likely to be many more cybersex addicts than the survey indicated. Jennifer Schneider, a physician in Tucson, Ariz., who is associate editor of the journal, said in an interview that even when cybersex addicts and their partners sought treatment, they often concealed their real problem, and therapists often failed to ask questions that would disclose it. Cooper, who works at the San Jose Marital and Sexuality Center in Santa Clara, Calif., cybersex compulsives are just like drug addicts; they "use the Internet as an important part of their sexual acting out, much like a drug addict who has a 'drug of choice,' " and often with serious harm to their home lives and livelihood.
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This newsletter examines how rumors distorted the truth about a “wildcat dumping” ground south of Tucson with tales of animal cruelty conspiracy spread anonymously by postings on Craigslist and other internet chat rooms. Provided the first clear description and systematic study of children who commit animal cruelty. Both the 19 studies found that children growing up in homes where there is domestic violence are at risk for psychological disturbance, with one sign being cruelty to animals. This study surveyed thirty-eight women seeking shelter at a safehouse and found that 74% reported having a pet killed and 71% reported the pet(s) were threatened or harmed.