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Myths Regarding Assessment and Treatment of Sex Offenders

A common sex-offender myth is that treatment is ineffective for sex offenders (Center for Sex Offender Management, 2000). Chapter 10 provides an overview of treatment methods, along with their effectiveness. Research reveals many convicted sex offenders are not re-arrested for another sex crime (Hanson & Bussiere, 1998), and treatment, specifically, results in lower recidivism rates (Losel & Schmucker, 2005).

Myths Regarding Which Community Sanctions Should Exist for Sex Offenders

It is often wrongly assumed that most sex offenders are caught, convicted, and imprisoned (Center for Sex Offender Management, 2000). Sixty percent of convicted sex offenders are serving probation and live in the community (Greenfeld, 1997). They are, however, often subjected to registration laws and other restrictions, such as not living within 500 feet of a school or other area where children congregate. Many of the laws, unfortunately, are based on some of the common misperceptions regarding sex offenders. These laws, and their effectiveness, are discussed in Chapter 11.

 
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