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Sex offender treatment scheme led to increase in reoffending
Helping to rehabilitate sex offenders is controversial – but it can prevent more abuse
Agencies that provide support to individuals with developmental disabilities are being increasingly challenged to support sexual offenders who present at various levels of risk. There are limited financial resources, supports, and therapists available to address the long- term needs of an offender with a developmental disability. The closure and phasing down of the large institutions, the lack of specialized residential treatment programs and the increasing discharge of formerly institutionalized sex offenders places demands on communities and clinicians who support persons with developmental disabilities. Community based services are, at times, unprepared and ill-equipped to effectively support the offender with a developmental disability. This challenge represents a demand for creativity and the development of existing resources while maintaining the delicate balance between effective risk management and advocacy. A number of individuals with developmental disabilities exist who have demonstrated a range of sexual offending behaviour and who continue to present this risk on an on-going basis.
Sex offender orders
Researchers have invested a great deal of effort in exploring these issues so that we may begin to understand or explain why some individuals engage in sexually abusive behaviors, and so that we are better able to make decisions about the kinds of interventions that may be most effective for certain aspects of this population. This has proven to be much easier said than done, however. Or that the typical rapist is a masked knife—wielding man lurking in a dark alley or hiding behind a bush waiting to jump out and grab an unsuspecting woman who is passing by. And for a variety of reasons, even some criminal justice professionals may seek to identify such a profile for sex offenders. For example, law enforcement agents may have the expectation that if there is a profile of the typical sex offender, it might be easier to identify suspects when incidents of sexual assault are reported and the perpetrators have not yet been caught.