All in Who Are The Offenders

What's The Statute of Limitations on Sex Crimes?

Although his most recent crime was not a sexual offense, he was nonetheless mandated to take the Static-99 assessment before being released from prison last month. I’m taking his word for this: he scored well on the test and was deemed “low risk”. But by the time he reached his home county, somehow the low risk score ended up being high risk, with strict mandates. How? Read more.

Ex offender Talks about TED (Treatment, Education and Determination)

“There are basically two types of treatment,” said Sean, a former sex offender. "The first assumes offenders are fundamentally screwed up and that treatment providers are tasked with breaking you down, and confronting your denial," he said.

The second type of treatment approaches the issue from a different angle, Sean continued. “It assumes offenders are human. We have darkness and light in us, but we are basically worthwhile.” From that vantage point, he was asked to examine himself thoroughly, including his formative years. “I had to discover what was lacking so that I chose to meet my needs in unhealthy ways.”

The Anatomy of Male Privilege

The pathology of this thinking aims the offender in the direction of action: “I must take what I want.” Unfortunately, this thinking derives from a selective reading of Charles Darwin's Origin of the Species (competition is the basis for positive change). Sadly, too, this thinking underpins the practice of Capitalism.

Sexual Privilege...who Pays Depends on Gender and Economic Status

A former Oregon Governor admitted to sexually abusing a teenaged neighbor of his for at least a year, while he was mayor of Portland in the 1970s.  The victim died at age 49 a few years ago, after a history of substance abuse and mental illness.

No criminal charges derived from these actions. The lesson? If you’re a powerful male, you can afford the best defense and the criminal justice system will mostly look the other way.

Incest is usually a family matter, with the victims sexually abused by a family member or person close to the family. It is one of the most common, and least reported crime.

Victims of incest often shoulder the blame, shame and trauma for years, maybe decades, after the assault. Reporting it, and finding treatment both for the victim and the offender are very important. Reporting it is the only way in which we can break the cycle so prevalent in our culture.

Who Are the Offenders?

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 intellectually and/or developmentally disabled. 

In the U.S., the majority of sex offenders are white men. That doesn’t mean that there are none from other backgrounds and cultures. The thing they have in common: all of them make mistakes. Most of those I’ve worked with regret their actions and make needed behavioral changes.