Few crimes evoke such passionate and emotional public responses as do those committed by the sexual offender; yet, few crimes are as sensationalized and misunderstood as the sexual offence. Although many offences are exaggerated in terms of amount, those committed by the sex offender are often perpetually entrenched in hyperbole. And this is not some neo-liberal, new wave approach to understanding sex offenders. In 1965, the Institute for Sex Research published a lengthy analysis of sexual offenders and deviant sexual behaviours, resulting in the conclusion that there exists a wide variety of types and subtypes of sex offenders and that no “sweeping generalizations should be made”. Insofar as policy, punishment, and social control mechanisms are concerned, the conclusions of this groundbreaking publication have largely been ignored by a considerable number of countries.