This book examines the myths perpetuated by the media and by the public, by providing actual data, with case examples. It demonstrates how sexual offending occurs, who commits these acts, what might cause such crimes, how sexual offenders are assessed, supervised, treated, and prevention methods.
Series Editor’s Foreword -- Foreword -- Introduction: Dispelling the myths -- Judge the act, not the actor -- There is more than one type of sexual offender—and it makes a big difference -- How common is sexual offending? -- The possible origins of sexual offending -- Who sexually offends? Who might? The assessment of the sexual offender -- The examination of the sexual offender -- Treating the sexual offender: cognitive techniques -- Treating the sexual offender: experiential techniques -- Treating the sexual offender: ancillary techniques -- The frequency, duration, and cost of sexual offender treatment programs -- The overall philosophy and rationale of sexual offender treatment programs -- Can sexual offenders ever be successfully treated? -- The outliers: unusual offenders, female offenders, youths who offend, clergy, and the like -- Attempting to prevent sexual abuse -- Epilogue