What is the best way to protect the community from sex offenders?

July 27, 2015, Deakin University
What is the best way to protect the community from sex offenders?
Punitive measures alone may not be the best way to make communities safer from sex offenders

Managing sex offenders with punitive measures alone may not be the best way to make communities safer, according to a Deakin University forensic psychology expert.

Deakin School of Psychology professor, Andrew Day, is leading a study to identify the most effective ways to keep communities safe from sexual offending.

"Sex offenders cause a level of harm that not only damages the physical and psychological health of those directly involved, but also adversely impacts on many others, including family and friends, as well as the law enforcement and health professionals who respond to cases and the community at large. Yet there have been few attempts to draw on the expertise of those working with offenders, such as police, correctional workers and allied health professionals, when it comes to developing ," Professor Day explained.

"As a forensic psychologist who has worked in prisons and hospitals providing treatment to offenders, it is clear that practitioners have a lot of expertise in managing risk. It is this expertise that we are looking in at in the current study."

The Australian Research Council funded project is investigating current policies from the perspective of those who enforce them. Professor Day and his research team have conducted interviews and focus groups with police officers responsible for the case management of registered offenders, community correction officers who supervise those on parole, non-government officers responsible for support and accommodation services and psychologists who provide assessment and treatment.

"We have focused our investigations on three policies that attempt to contain and control who live in the community: offender registration schemes, community notification (or public disclosure) policies and residency restrictions," Professor Day explained.

"Although these policies have been introduced relatively recently, some argue that they do not go far enough and that more aggressive policies are needed. At the same time, there is little evidence to suggest that any of these policies are successful in making our communities safer.

"There are also indications that these policies do more harm than good. Sex offenders can become socially isolated, have limited access to employment, social support and , which undermine their chances of reintegrating into the community."

Professor Day believes that the one-size-fits-all policies currently in place to manage living in the community are too restrictive and not as effective in preventing re-offending as more personalised policies that are tailored to the individual needs of offenders.

"We are seeing in our research a need for more sophisticated and integrative systems," he explained.

"Community notification is almost universally regarded as counter-rehabilitative, and there is wide-spread support for proactive case management models that engage offenders. Multi-agency approaches are also imperative to effective risk management.

"Perhaps the most important need identified was to reconnect sexual offenders with community supports. While restrictive policies can lead to social isolation, new programs that encourage pro-social behaviour would minimise not only the opportunity, but critically the motivation, to re-offend."

Professor Day acknowledges that how to best manage offenders living in the community is a polarising issue and one that needs to carefully balance the safety needs of the community and the rehabilitation needs of the .

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Drakkhen
not rated yet Jul 27, 2015
I've been telling people this for years. Considering theat the vast majority of s*x crimes are committed by those on the list, and how reoffense rates for s*x offenders is extremely low, the registry at best focuses on a mere 5% of the issue. It shouldn't be a shock since we don't address the root causes, instead obsessing on punishment for those on a bloated registry.
RMQ
1 / 5 (1) Jul 27, 2015
I like very much how Friedrich Nietzsche noted that "tragedy is the cure for compassion", he was citing the ancient Greeks actually.

"Sex offenders can become socially isolated, have limited access to employment, social support and mental health services, which undermine their chances of reintegrating into the community."

The "researchers" do not get it: we, the community, do not want them. We, as males, understand male behavior, we all males struggle with controlling our sex drive. So the compassionate are creating an environment of promotion and permission to get the sex drive out of check.

A man that rapes a child has NOTHING to say in his behalf, his acts speak for him.

The compassion goes to the victims and their families.
classicplastic
1 / 5 (1) Jul 28, 2015
The compassion goes to the victims and their families.


Agreed.

But, by the same token, unless we propose to simply kill or permanently incarcerate all sex offenders, they're going to eventually be back living among us. So, we need to also focus on how to get them to not re-offend, whatever it takes. It's not about compassion for offenders, although maybe that should enter into our worldviews at least a little, at least sometimes. It's about ending the violent anti-social behavior of those whom we release.

What we're doing now clearly isn't working. So, at least seeking feedback from the boots-on-the-ground folks who deal with them every day, instead of relying upon fiats by stupid cheap political hustlers who only care about the next election, seems like a wise course.
Squirrel
not rated yet Jul 28, 2015
Ignored is that criminals are punished as a signal to others. Sex offenders at some point made a decision--they could have sort help, they could have "self-stimulated" over porn but instead they chose to hurt someone vulnerable. That decision--however--disturbed depends upon what they guessed would happen next--whether they would be caught, how severe they would be punished. Any policy to sex offenders must therefore take into account this group: are we sending a signal that causes them to back off from crossing the line to cause harm to vulnerable people or not?
JessicaH
not rated yet Jul 28, 2015
Thing is, how would someone that needs help get it? They could suffer serious consequences for seeking help, even if they haven't harmed anyone. I think more needs to be done to reach out and help those that want it without punitive repercussions. Maybe offer some sort of amnesty to offenders who haven't been caught if they seek help and come clean so the victims can be helped. Free castrations to any man that wants them, no questions asked!
RMQ
1 / 5 (2) Jul 28, 2015
Many of you are plainly naive.

The USA is doing the least it can. Why. Because the USA loves cruelty. As an empire diving into chaos, the USA likes cruelty just like the Romans. But unlike the Romans, the USA likes to pretend that cruelty is bad, in public. But the laws really reflect the nature of the law makers. Raping a little boy gets people less prison time that being caught with a drug like LSD. There are even recent cases where the judges poured their compassion to the child molesters.

I had proposed before that at least pornography must be taxed. It would bring high revenues to the communication companies and to the government. But I had no reaction from the parties who can take action.
RMQ
1 / 5 (2) Jul 28, 2015
It is sobering to watch the documentary about the Irish Catholic priest that raped many American boys. There is ZERO effort from the USA against that case. Dozens of boys raped. And the man has a house in London paid by the Vatican.

https://en.m.wiki...06_film)

Similar to the American molesters that live off our taxes because they will not find a job. So let's molest children and get life pension folks. Only in the USA.

While the other advanced countries (China, UK, etc) take measures against child molesters, against pornography, against weapons.... The USA gets drunk and fat in the meantime... children are not special here, there is no "childism" (like feminism) to protect children rights. They are alone.

Sexual predators: they have their affiliations to protect them.
cantdrive85
1 / 5 (3) Jul 28, 2015
What is the best way to protect the community from sex offenders?

Castration!
RMQ
1 / 5 (2) Jul 28, 2015
I read once some internal documents from the FBI and the Scotland Yard about pedophilia. It Is amazing that the phenomena is pretty clear.

1. Men (14 and up) should never be left alone with children, unless family members.

2. Men should be forbidden from exercising professions with access to children, such as pediatrician, elementary teachers, etc.

3. Priests must be prohibited by law from being alone with children and the youth under any circumstances.

Those actions would strongly reduce the number of sexual attacks against children and the weak.

Castration sounds good, but laborious...
antigoracle
not rated yet Jul 28, 2015
Lock them all up in your nearest church and throw away the key.
Captain Stumpy
5 / 5 (2) Aug 22, 2015
What is the best way to protect the community from sex offenders?

Castration!
there is no indication that castration is a means of controlling the bulk of sexual offenders as they're not typically driven by the "feeling" or the actual "sexual" encounter at all so much as driven by the need to control, manipulate and dominate another person

given the fact that their "gratification" is usually in the form of the hunt, the domination and control, as well as the overwhelming of the subject, not so much the actual act of sex, then it stands to reason that castration will only make it worse (and until the studies are concluded on that subject, then we can't actually see numbers)

there is no indication to date that castration is anything more than a feel good measure for society (except in rare circumstances)
Captain Stumpy
5 / 5 (2) Aug 22, 2015
While the other advanced countries (China, UK, etc) take measures against child molesters, against pornography, against weapons
@RMQ
what do they do?

what kind of measures can really be taken?
to start, in order to be "rehabilitated" into society, you must first be "habilitated" (to coin a phrase from John Douglas)
the only method anyone can actually use is either confinement or death. Until a person chooses to be re-trained. Once active, there will always be a chance that the subject will revert back to old habits. and given that jails/prisons are institutions of punishment, not rehab, then....??

once a sociopathic personality starts it's predatory swing into action, then there is most likely no chance for "rehab" into society.

the only thing you CAN do is try to catch the type early and re-train them to conform to societal rules. too many people balk at that simply because of the "reeducation" overtones
cantdrive85
1 / 5 (2) Aug 22, 2015
Seems as if Captain Stupid is interested in self preservation of his bollocks. Sick bastard.
Captain Stumpy
5 / 5 (2) Aug 23, 2015
Seems as if Captain Stupid is interested in self preservation of his bollocks. Sick bastard.
@cd
you are the only one wanting to ineffectually create more problems by castration and sending people back into the public... it doesn't work and it will never work considering the problem is NOT that they want to feel sexual gratification through intercourse, it is that they get sexual gratification through manipulation, domination and controlling others, much like religious fundamentalists/pseudoscience addicts like you and your buddy jvk!

If you would read the DSMV-V and it's research you would be able to see that most predatory sexual & serial offenders are not there because they enjoy the feel of the sexual encounter

but then again... reading science is not your forte, so i guess that your argument stems from your internal desires, thus you like watching men castrated, ergo, you are simply voicing your own sexual preferences and ideology

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