This chapter looks at the emergence of the category ‘sexual offences’ in the criminal law and explores the consequences of this recognition for criminalization. It looks first at the diverse ways that crimes which had a sexual element (rape, sodomy and prostitution) were categorized in the law prior to 1956. The second section then examines how a range of offences were grouped together to form the category ‘sexual offences’ after 1956 and how this category was informed by new understandings of sex and sex offenders. It finally goes on to look at how this category of sexual offences has been transformed by the recognition of a distinct interest in sexual autonomy understood as a right to sexual expression.
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