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The Sex-Offender Test

How a computerized assessment can help determine the fate of men who’ve been accused of sexually abusing children. Full Article

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Not sure I have taken the exact test described, but I have taken a visual reaction test. What the article does not mention is the clinician who sets up the test or maybe even the directions ask the test taker to imagine wanting to do something sexual with the people depicted. First of all none of the people are doing anything suggestive (which is largely a subjective determination anyway), but whatever, try to imagine non sexual images as having sexual context. Second just because someone might be more interested in an one image over another doesn’t mean their interest is… Read more »

I had to take a variety of weird tests prior to sentencing. The results, as interpreted by the court ordered, state paid psychiatrist would determine whether I got probation or prison. Strange, strange tests of different eyes, face shapes, family history, personal history, etc…four hours total. Modern quackology at it’s finest, and a fat payday for the shrink. The written assessment was a joke, a stretch to find something they could hang me on, but there was nothing. It was full of words like “may be, might be, could be, is possible, may not and so on… but no concrete,… Read more »

I didn’t know there was anything sexual to measure. The idea that you can measure someone’s propensity to offend is misleading. In animals, an erection or increased nerve activity and blood flow in the skin can be caused by many things, fear, aggression or attraction, I’m sure it is no different in humans — more complex animals. Part of it is also environmental and situational. I remember at my test being extremely bored and a little angry, what with looking into a machine at images with nothing sexual about them, with a wire clipped to my finger like a lab… Read more »

I recently took the Abel Assessment during an evaluation for a Certificate of Rehabilitation. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be. I think it took me all of ten minutes to complete the assessment. Don’t understand why it took the guy in the article almost two hours — maybe because there is an underlining problem. I was found to not have a sexual attraction to children, which I was surely confident about going in. The first round of pictures the Dr. actually sits in with you as you take the test. The Dr. will claim this is a… Read more »

How long do they consider “normal” to look at an image before going to the next one?

I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that anyone would think, let alone believe that you can tell the thoughts in the deepest recesses of an individuals mind by how long they look at a picture. It’s highly disturbing that the courts rely on this unproven trash science instead of taking the time to review and base their judgments on scholarly opinions and empirical fact’s/evidence. I’m glad I was never subjected to this witch doctor voodoo garbage, as I have an extremely low tolerance for things I instinctively know to be BS. I’m sure my attitude would have earned me some hard… Read more »

I imagine if it takes an individual longer than two seconds upon seeing an image of a child in a bathing suit to determine whether or not they’re sexually attracted is a legitimate reason for concern. I understand the significance of the test. This tells me the individual taking the test has a pathological attraction towards children, therefore, the longer the individual debates internally as to whether or not they’re attracted is a nail in their own coffin. As to the level of attraction, there’s no way to determine for sure, but I suppose any level of sexual attraction is… Read more »

You might have debated the other person, but not me. Like you the results on the test I took revealed my attraction to within the acceptable social range. Just because I was instructed to think about someone in a sexual way does not mean I will be able to do so. Although I have a very low sex drive and have not thought about doing anything remotely sexual to anyone since I was 16. That’s over 12 years ago. I am a virgin.

Also not everyone has the same ability to instantly determine how attractive another person might be.

Gene Abel is the same quack that created the “117 victims” myth. See: Derek Logue’s ONCE FALLEN, Myth# 6, third one down. And thank you Derek for your website. Q, your comment is spot on !!

I should explain the Plythismograph in detail for anyone who hasn’t had one: Using my case: every 90 days for first year outpatient program. $75.00 each time. Then semi annually until graduation. Alone in a small room.The flexible ring, you put it on yourself. It’s just a circular pressure sensor. The therapist is outside the room, but he watches you through a small window. Room darkened. Then slide projector. Only 6-7 slides. They come from confiscated CP provided to the program by local law enforcement. Leaves each slide on for about one minute. Therapist watches you to make sure you… Read more »

is this like the movie A Clockwork Orange?

Psychology: The alchemy of the 20th century and beyond.

Man i would be go to hell if I would sit there and let them make me look at cp. Screw that I don’t want to see that disgusting crap there’s no way I would met them force me to veiw it either. Sorry to people who do get off on that cp crap but its disgusting to me and I wouldn’t tolorate it.

I wouldn’t mind seeing our entire state Senate and Assembly contingent required to take the Abel Assessment and P-graph prior to assuming office following each future election. The public might find the results very interesting to say the least. I’m guessing that more than one representative would decline or create a bill to cease the administration of those tests due to the potential for “false readings”.

I think the following statement describes our present scientific ability, or lack of, to predict what human beings will do: “…MIT Linguist Noam Chomsky once said: ‘If we can’t explain why a cockroach decides to turn left, how can we explain why a human being decides to do something.'” — Smithsonian Magazine, July-August 2015, p.114.
It is good article about the difficulty of understanding even a simple fish brain that has 6000 time less neurons than a human brain (Ibid, p. 112.)

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