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CJS 315 Sexual Violence and Child Exploitation

This course examines the causes, effects, treatment, and prevention of all types of violence against women and children. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to, domestic violence; rape and sexual assault; lethality, family dynamics and response to familial violence; incest; sexual harassment; physical child abuse and sexual exploitation; infanticide; female genital mutilation; paraphilias; trafficking; vulnerable victims; trauma and cumulative trauma; limitations; sentencing and collateral consequences; indeterminate civil commitment; predatory offender registration; and sexual slavery, manipulation, and extortion.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 15, 2017 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Analyze the basic elements of criminal sexual assault and child exploitation, including offender and victim characteristics.
  • Apply the theory and elements of criminal sexual assault and child exploitation to real world situations.
  • Evaluate issues facing victims and the criminal justice system related to criminal sexual assault and child exploitation.
  • Analyze how criminal sexual assault and child exploitation affect different ethnic populations.
  • Critique the criminal justice response to sexual and physical violence and propose and design needed improvements.
  • Develop and improve critical thinking and communication skills.