The past two decades have seen a movement toward harsher legal sanctions and lengthy, restrictive treatment programs for sex offenders. This has not only been the case for adults, but also for juveniles who commit sex offenses. The increased length and severity of legal and clinical interventions for juvenile sex offenders appear to have resulted from three false assumptions: 1 there is an epidemic of juvenile offending, including juvenile sex offending; 2 juvenile sex offenders have more in common with adult sex offenders than with other juvenile delinquents; and 3 in the absence of sex offender-specific treatment, juvenile sex offenders are at exceptionally high risk of reoffending.
Juveniles commit a significant portion of the sexual abuse perpetrated on other children. Treatment for juveniles with sexual behavior problems has moved from modified adult treatments to more developmentally appropriate approaches. The current article reviews treatment outcomes, as measured by recidivism re-offense rates, for juvenile males completing a county juvenile sex offender treatment program.
Juveniles charged with sex offenses are a significant part of the cases we see at the Meryhew Law Group. Juveniles are different than adult offenders in many ways, and we have learned that the key to success in representing those clients is to understand their needs and find appropriate solutions based on the particular juvenile we are working with. Sex offender treatment is one of the most effective ways to help a juvenile end a pattern of destructive behavior, and we are very experienced in finding the appropriate evaluator and treatment provider for our clients.
Sexually reactive kids often are victims of sexual abuse themselves. This special population needs our help. Youth are placed in a Treatment Foster Home that has received training specific to the oversight, monitoring, and treatment of juvenile sex offenders or youth who exhibit sexually abusive behaviors. Homes For Kids, Inc.
Parents of both the abused and the accused are seeking to reform policy on juveniles who sexually offend. One morning inLeah DuBuc, a twenty-two-year-old college student in Kalamazoo, began writing an essay for English class that she hoped would save her life. She knew that people like her had been beaten, bombed, shot at, killed.
Sarah Boslaugh. Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. How big a difference can new evidence-based treatment methods make in the cases of juvenile offenders with mental health problems?
Practice Goals Given the prevalence of sexual offending by juveniles, coupled with the potential link between sexually abusive behavior during adolescence and sexual offending later in life, a variety of interventions are widely used for juvenile sex offender management. Overall, interventions that target juvenile sex offenders aim to reduce the sexual, violent, and nonviolent recidivism of juveniles through a variety of treatment modalities Reitzel and Carbonell Although the treatment of sex offenders has been around for decades, treatment approaches have changed in recent years. For many years, juvenile sex offender treatment was largely based on adult sex offender treatment, as juvenile and adult sex offenders were thought to be similar.
Traditionally, sex offender therapy has been based on cognitive behavioral therapy models in which confrontation is used to reach clinical goals. The majority of juvenile sexual offender programs have generally adhered to a traditional adult sex offender model. Interventions include teaching the sexual abuse cycle, empathy training, anger management, social and interpersonal skills training, journaling, assertiveness training, restructuring, sex education, and teaching relapse prevention.