Treatment & Help
for 'pedophiles' and sex offenders
Arehart-Treichel, Joan, Pedophilia Often in
Headlines, But Not in Research Labs Clinical & Research News, May 19, 2006,
Volume 41, Number 10, page 37
Since the average age of child molesters in the United States is 13
years, helping families identify
adolescents who have fantasies about sexually molesting children might help keep those adolescents from acting on their
Hansen, Chris, What
can be done to stop predators? NBC News Feb. 3, 2006
Chris Hansen spoke to Dr. Fred Berlin, a professor of psychiatry at Johns
Hopkins School of Medicine. Berlin has over 25 years of experience working with
'Some can be easily treated, some can't... and you've got the whole group in
between,' says Fred Berlin, a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins
I've worked in this area for many years. And the findings surprised even me
because what they found was, as a group, sex offenders
have a lower rate of recidivism than people who commit other kinds of serious
offenses. And yet the public perception, most of public policy, the way
in which we view this problem today, is based upon exactly the opposite
Claydon, Russell, Paedophile had 'no-one to turn to';
eadt.co.uk, 22 April 2008
A paedophile who ran a global child abuse network from his parent's Suffolk farmhouse has claimed he had no-one to turn to with his problems.
article, references and web site 15th World Congress of Sexology.
June 2001 [External links]
Gieles, F.E.J., 'But sir, you are an
offender!' - Narrative coercion as method of behavior modification, 2006
Kramer, Richard, Social workers learn from pedophiles;
This past Thursday, B4U-Act held its one-day workshop entitled "Beyond
Fear and Mistrust: Toward Open Communication between Mental Health Professionals and Minor-Attracted People" in Westminster, Maryland.
Probably the most notable thing about the workshop was that minor-attracted people and mental health professionals were working
together as equals, without the minor-attracted people being required to
label themselves or their sexuality as sick or identify themselves as
potential offenders who need to be controlled.
McKeen, S, Just
hating pedophiles won't keep children safe - Torches and pitchforks will not
drive the monsters from our realm; The Edmonton Journal (Canada), October
Neither prosecution nor protest will protect our children from pedophiles. Our
common sense and humanity might. But on this issue, both are in short supply.
Why not create a support and accountability network like Alcoholics Anonymous
Good idea. So good, in fact, that it's been around for years. A mostly
unheralded and underfunded program known as COSA, or Circles Of Support and
Heather , Child molester unlikely to re-offend, expert says;
eurekareporter.com, 16 October 2007
Park argued that the program itself was fundamentally flawed, focusing too much on details of past offenses in an attempt to prevent relapses.
Preventing relapses should be the goal of sex-offender treatment plans, Park agreed, but said the SOCP approach had been criticized for
instilling a sense of shame in participants.
"Shame," he said, "is looking at yourself as scum." It's a negative emotion that, in Park's opinion, actually increases the risk of re-offense.
Schultz, Pamela D., Treatment
for sex offenders can protect community; But the problem of readmitting
perpetrators to society will never be solved if we allow misplaced fear and
paranoia to guide us; OPINION, By Pamela D. Schultz; Newsday [Melville, NY],
December 3, 2006.
The hunt for released sex offenders, in particular child molesters, has become a
moral panic, a mass-mediated wave of irrational public fear. Public policy is
based on the idea that child molesters lurk in every neighborhood, playground,
schoolyard and public park. [...]
Child molesters cannot be hiding beneath every rock; there aren't enough of
Southcoast Today, Churches
grapple with allowing sex offenders to join spiritual community;
May 25, 2008
Religious communities minister to people's spiritual needs, offering a
place for healing -- but what happens when the person seeking
restoration is a convicted sex offender?