Are Sex Offenders Treatable?
Last week I wrote about clinician prejudice toward sexual offenders. As part of that writing I introduced the four main categories of sexual offenders:
- Violent offenders
- Fixated child offenders
- Regressed child offenders
- Sexually addicted offenders
I also mentioned the some of the most damaging misconceptions that most people, including many psychotherapy professionals, have about sex offenders.
- All sex offenders are treatable.
- No sex offenders are treatable.
- All sex offenders are sociopaths
None of these beliefs is correct. The reality is that most but not all sex offenders can benefit from proper treatment. In fact, the recidivism rate is actually quite low, provided the offender is paired with the most effective form of treatment. It’s all about good assessment and knowing who needs what and when.