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Pornography and Crime

  1. Nathan R. Moran,
  2. Ben D. Atkins

Published Online: 26 MAR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118517390.wbetc177

The Encyclopedia of Theoretical Criminology

How to Cite

Moran, N. R. and Atkins, B. D. 2014. Pornography and Crime. The Encyclopedia of Theoretical Criminology. 1–5.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2014


The relationship between pornography and crime has long been an issue of heated debate amongst researchers, theologians, feminists, and politicians. Often at the center of this debate is the question of what role, if any, does pornography play in male assaults on women, specifically sexual assaults on women. This entry examines the various definitions of pornography, some historical context, as well as current research related to the relationship between pornography and crime.


  • Crime;
  • Criminological Theory;
  • History;
  • Law;
  • Legislation;
  • Pornography;
  • Society;
  • United States