People told me I should write a book about sex offenders, given my 60 years of experience with the subject! Finally, at age 80, I did write a book about it. (Click here to order direct on Amazon.)
Author Marilyn J. Callahan, LCSW
The book is less about me than it is about them. Who are the offenders? How can their behavior be changed? And just as important, can the rest of us play a part in efforts to prevent sex abuse in its many forms?
Besides writing a book about the subject, I'm also collaborating with the book's co-author, Tim Buckley, in this blog. The blogs are divided into four categories:
Click on the Learn More buttons, below, then leave comments about your own experience with sexual crime. I’m hoping that my work will help to stimulate conversations about sex abuse...and the way to end it.
— Marilyn J. Callahan, LCSW
It’s not unusual for clients starting sex offender treatment to be in denial. Most of them resent being mandated treatment by the court or their parole officer. I often hear, “I didn’t do it” and “I don’t deserve this” at the start.
Offenders are a lot like you or me. They span all age groups, gender identification and religious preference. Some are wealthy and others poor. Some are able bodied and others are not.
Myths and bias create deep division between humans. To achieve equality and mutual respect, it is crucial that we separate falsehoods from facts.
The myths about sex offenders abound. While males are convicted of sexual crimes almost 10 times more than females, women do commit sex crimes.
Most people coming out of prison and jail are eager to avoid imprisonment again.
Having “done their time,” most of them learned their lesson. But if society is unwilling to forgive them, or hasn’t the capacity for helping them succeed, their chances of success diminish.