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This woman is trying to stop juvenile sex offenders — by helping them

Elizabeth Letourneau is one of the country’s leading experts on sex crime — why it happens and whether there are better ways to stop it. She focuses in particular on juvenile sex offenders: people who commit a sex crime before they turn 18. This is an important group to understand in the fight against child sex abuse. Juvenile sex offenders perpetrate approximately one-third of sexual offenses against minors. They are also are more likely than adult offenders to commit crimes against younger victims. That’s why it’s so important to figure out the most effective ways to treat them. Understanding what makes them offend and intervening in innovative ways can protect other kids. Full Article

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  1. Alienated

    Interesting article and I think Elizabeth is doing a great Job. Let’s hope she can get the needed funding to continue.

  2. Harry

    Pedi-phobia weed went to seed.

  3. ab

    Good someone is on the right track. Hopefully those in similar positions will pay attention because what this woman is doing is extremely important. About six years ago and before anyone came knocking on my door I had already realized one thing this woman’s research has shown. Keep in mind I am by no means a scientist, expert on sex or sexual behavior, and certainly not a trained researcher. However I do pay attention to detail and figured out that improvements to quality of life in childhood would reduce the risk of those people committing crimes and reduce the chances of them (if done on a global scale) becoming victims.

  4. vahall

    One item not addressed in the juvenile sex offending literature, at least not directly is how a juvenile offense (especially a ‘registerable offense’) can put a large target on a child’s back. When an adult situation occurs, police will look for the ‘usual suspects’, including the juvenile ex-offender, and juveniles are more at-risk for false rape and other allegations as adults. Just sayin’…yet another collateral consequence.

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