In Puritan America, a married woman’s illicit affair with a minister landed her in jail. After her release, Hester Prynne was sentenced to forever wear a big red “A” on her dress. 

Nearly 375 years later, the U.S. continues to be scandalized, tantalized and perplexed by sex, especially about sex offenders. Tough on crime, we’re still struggling to learn: 

  • Why domestic violence and incest are so under-reported by victims? 
  • Why most people think every sexual offender is a serial rapist? 
  • Why, even among therapists, many continue to believe sex-offenders to be untreatable? 
  • Why supervision after offenders’ release tends to-wards punitive rather than restorative? 

It’s time to bring the subject of sex crime out of the dark ages, time to help victims shed the shame and trauma of their experience. It’s also time to allow offenders an opportunity to show they can change, make amends and start to earn back trust and acceptance from society.

Ending Sexual Violence Against Others

Ending Sexual Violence Against Others

Myth: Strangers are responsible for most sexual assaults

Fact: Between 75 and 90 percent of all sexual assaults are committed by people known to the victim.

Good news: according to a study published in 2012 (D. Finkelhor and L. Jones – Univ. of New Hampshire), there was a 62 percent decline in sexual abuse cases between 1992 and 2010.

Bad news: according to the national Bureau of Justice Statistics, there were 346,830 reported rapes or sexual assaults of persons 12 years or older in 2012.

·         According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an average of 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. That amounts to 10 million assaults a year.

More good news: the percentage of unreported violent crime declined between 1994 and 2010.

More bad news: An estimated 42 percent of serious violent crime (including rape and sexual assault) goes unreported.

April is National Sexual Violence Awareness. Here are a few websites to find more information and support.

·         Rape, Abuse and Incest national Network -

·         National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (2010)                  

·         National Alliance to End Sexual Violence






What Risk are Sex Offenders in Community - And What Support Have We?

What Risk are Sex Offenders in Community - And What Support Have We?

Incest - Pernicious, Traumatic, and Largely Unreported