Sex offenders constitute a heterogeneous group of individuals. The term sex offender describes one who has committed any of a variety of offenses, including rape, child sexual abuse, possession of child pornography, exhibitionism (flashing), and even consensual sex among teenagers. Sexual offenders can be adults or juveniles, male or female, and the perpetrators may be strangers, acquaintances, or related to their victims.
II. Types of Sexual Offenses and Offenders
IV. Prevalence and Scope of Sexual Offending
V. Victims of Sexual Abuse
VI. Responses to Sexual Offending
Sex offenders constitute a heterogeneous group of individuals. The term sex offender describes one who has committed any of a variety of offenses, including rape, child sexual abuse, possession of child pornography, exhibitionism (flashing), and even consensual sex among teenagers. Sexual offenders can be adults or juveniles, male or female, and the perpetrators may be strangers, acquaintances, or related to their victims. These offenders have different characteristics and motivations for committing their offenses, and as such, differing responses are appropriate in order to accurately treat, manage, and supervise them. This research paper will review types of offenses and offenders; the prevalence of sexual abuse and recidivism; and responses to sexual offending, including treatment, supervision, and management practices for this population.
Managing high-risk sex offenders in the community
Managing high-risk sex offenders in the community is a topic that has been controversial for a long time. These sex offenders have been a major problem in the communities because of danger they pose to their immediate neighbors. This is clearly demonstrated by statistics, which show that each year, over 510,000 children in the united states of America are victims of sex offenders who are forced to deal with the trauma for all their lives. Sadly, offenders who have been through the correction facilities for at least once only to repeat the act again perpetuate many of such assaults. This therefore, presents a problem for the community. It would be irresponsibility for the system to ignore the criminal sect of sex offenders, for they are subject to a recurring urge that requires the use of effective measures that would curb this habitual repetition of deeds producing the harmful consequences to the public.
Sex offenders always cause uneasiness in the society once released. This is because the community views them as outcasts and has a lot of mistrust for them. As a result, this leaves them lonely and decreases their level of self-esteem. This prevents reintegration to the society and possibly a factor in increasing the chances of re-offending. The most effective measure that can be used to manage high-risk offender can be establishing a group of volunteers in the community that will regularly hold meetings with such offenders in the community. These meetings will assist the sex offenders settle into the community after release from prison. Such support will deter an offender from repeating such offences as he/she will feel accepted back into society. In addition, by ensuring effective communication and information sharing with such high risk offenders, the community will be able to change their behaviors as they integrate back to the society.
Additionally, another way of managing such offenders, steps beyond treatment have to be taken such as notification laws, special supervising techniques by parole officers, surgical and chemical castrations. These will reduce incidences of high risk offenders who tend to repeat such actions again and again.
The above two measures will help manage sex offenders especially those that have been in prison before. The procedure that has been effective is by proper counseling of individuals to reintegrate them back into society. This will help a big way to rehabilitate such individuals.