A Year at the Post
Writing a book about sex crimes has been difficult for us. It has also provided hope. Because in the past year, it has become clear that the U.S. is on the brink of change.
- The number and frequency of people (mostly women) stepping forward to say #MeToo and "Enough!" is heartening.
- The calls for reforming behaviors will undoubtedly result in more equity between people, whether sexually, socially, or financially.
When we talk to people about the book coming out this month, the response has been positive. "It couldn't be coming out at a better time," we hear frequently. And because the book looks at the crime from a variety of angles, the range of possible remedies becomes broader.
In addition to the who and how severe the crimes, the book also looks at existing and effective treatment for a broad range of sex offenses, whether committed by men or women. And, because victims and the communities in which these crimes take place are so impacted, we discuss how the community must be part of the solution.
In the end, it is our contention that a sex crime can be a turning point for the offender, if the person wants to change. It can also be healthy for the community to which the offender returns, if society can adopt a reconciliation process - aka "restorative justice." In that realm, victimization is reduced and public safety increased.