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New Survey: Understanding the role of trauma and later sexual offending

[floridaactioncommittee.org – 7/15/19]

My name is Melissa Grady and I a faculty member at the Catholic University of America’s National Catholic School of Social Service. I along with my colleague Jill Levenson, professor at Barry University in Florida, are conducting a study aimed at understanding the role of trauma and later sexual offending.

There are two surveys associated with this study. The first is one for practitioners who work with individuals who have sexually offended (ISOs). The second survey is for ISOs and have received treatment focused on this issue.

You are being contacted as someone who has potentially had a history of sexually offending and we are hoping that you will help with this study in two ways. The first is that you will participate in this web-based survey that should take approximately 15 -20 minutes. The second is that you will pass on this email to other ISOs who may be willing to participate in the study.

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  1. Laura

    Would this be a positive or a negative survey for registrants to participate in? Anyone know?

    • Bruce Ferrell

      Laura,

      I took the survey.

      I recognized part of it as taken directly from Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Questionnaire. So I don’t think it’s a hit piece. I really think they are looking at what the treatment experience actually is, who is being sent to treatment (external factors involved for the individuals) and what our impression(s) of treatment are.

      I know quite a few people here have a very black and white view of treatment (not entirely correct).

      My experience was that even in a bad treatment program, there is something to be learned and I worked to get all that I could from it

  2. Tim L

    Trauma s difficult ” term” to define in way agreeable for scientific theory.
    One man’s trash is another’s treasure.
    Male are far more less likely to self report trauma, or successful attack against themselves than females.
    The substantial ratio imbalance of persons on SOR makes the point. It is worth mentioning the fact is women have far more access traditionally to young children, because traditional gender roles ( motherhood) requires it while men worked. Residence restrictions IS about (access to), or so they claim.

    Obvious some correlation is under thesis here, but I’m not so sure it gets to the heart of the matter, nor can potentially do so. Sex assault certainly is trauma, and some posit correlation to subsequent negative outcomes (citation omitted) but few of any recognize positives survivorship brings. Could Oprah Winfrey be herself – or have become without her own “self” experience of child sex assaults. Only God knows.

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