Veterans with Sex Offense Convictions: A Preliminary Investigation.

Dear Veterans,


First, we want to thank you for serving our country. We are seeking military veterans who are on the sex offense registry to participate in a research project titled: Veterans with Sex Offense Convictions: A Preliminary Investigation.


The research is being conducted by Dr. Emily Horowitz, Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice at St. Francis College, in collaboration with Marine Corps Veteran and Doctoral Candidate Shawn Rolfe, from the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Louisville. Both researchers have extensive experience researching sexual offending policies.


The aim of the study is to better understand what, if any, contributing factors lead to sexual offending among our military veterans. In order to achieve this goal, we ask that you complete our survey. You will be asked questions about past childhood and adult trauma, military culture, mental health, substance abuse, criminal history and sexual offense-related questions, and some demographics.


The survey will take 20-30 minutes of your time. The risk of involvement with this study is minimal. However, we acknowledge and understand that you may find some of these questions sensitive, difficult to answer, or think your answers could incriminate you. Your participation in this study is anonymous and strictly voluntary, and all responses will be kept confidential for seven years. After the seven years, all the data will be destroyed. You are permitted to skip over any question(s) you do not want to answer, or to stop participating at any time, with no adverse effect.


By participating in this study, there are no direct benefits to you. Your responses, however, are very important because it will contribute to knowledge for developing treatment and policies for justice-involved veterans.


Should you have any further questions or comments, feel free to contact me at or 718-489-5446, or Shawn Rolfe at You may also direct any questions for this study to Dr. Laura Egan, Chair, St. Francis College Institutional Review Board, at We thank you in advance for your participation in our study.


Please click here to get started. Again, thank you for your service. Without people such as yourselves, our country would not be where it is today.


All the best,

Emily Horowitz, Ph.D.

Professor & Chair (Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, St. Francis College)


Shawn Rolfe, M.A., ABD

Ph.D. Candidate (Department of Criminal Justice, University of Louisville)


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