This Article is the first in a series of three articles in which I explain the cycle of misperception of sexual offenders that has encouraged the unconstitutional application of sexual offender laws, including civil commitment laws, in a false effort to quell public fear, protect children, and reduce sexual victimization. In this first Article of the series, I propose that this cycle of misperception and the resistance to the release of civilly committed sexual offenders may be, in part, the product of a novel phenomenon known as the “uncanny valley” effect.
Michael T. Flannery,
The "Uncanny Valley" and the Verisimilitude of Sexual Offenders--Part I: An "Ethorobotic" Perspective,
Tex. A&M L. Rev.
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