Sexual Offenders: What you need to know, and why. Red River Children's Advocacy Conference Fargo, North Dakota May 10, 2012 Stacey Benson, Psy.D., L.P. An Overview of the Day. 1. Prevalence of Legal Sexual Compulsive Behavior 2. Types of Legal Sexual Compulsive Behavior
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Children's Advocacy Conference
Fargo, North Dakota
May 10, 2012
Stacey Benson, Psy.D., L.P.
pornography produced annual
revenues in excess of $13 billion
dollars in the United States.
some people can not.
(Delmonico et al, 2007)
What comes to mind when you think about sex offenders?
Juveniles comprise 25.8% of all sexual offenses
Of all sex offenses committed against juvenile victims, 35.6% are committed by juveniles.
Not all children or adolescents who sexually harm have been sexually abused. Many acted out after viewing sexual content on the Internet.
Correlated 0.10 with sexual recidivism
(Barbaree & Marshall, 1998, Gibbens, Soothil & Way, 1995, Gorden & Bergen, 1988, Dondis, 1965, Hanson, Steffy & Gauthieir, 1993)
(Prentky et all in press)
(Prentky, Lee, Knight & Cerece in press)
“There is no evidence that treatment effectively reduces sex offense recidivism.”
1. Lack of control groups
2. Small N
3. Unreliable reporting methods
(Hanson and Bussierses 1996)
The stages of Accomplishment Model
The model is designed as a means of youths to demonstrate and to recognized for their accomplishments in learning, not as a measure of “success” or treatment “progress,” or as a “level and privilege” system. With accomplishment of each stage, the youths with whom we work are thus able to show themselves, their families, and others that they are learning important ideas about treatment, and are able to use these ideas in their everyday life (Rich, 2009).
The definition of a sexual offence often revolves around consent. In simple terms, it's all about permission (or agreement).
Kahn (2011) outlines that “True Consent” is Only established when the following 5 criteria are met…
True consent requires that both people are emotionally and intellectually equal
True consent requires honesty
True consent requires understanding
True consent requires permission to disagree or to refuse without penalty or harm
True consent requires that both people really understand what is going to happen
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