Adult sex community
------------------------------- Managing Adult Sex Offenders in the Community -- A Containment Approach by Kim English, Suzanne Pullen, and Linda Jones Of the many factors that underscore the critical importance of effectively managing sex offenders on probation, parole, or under other forms of community supervision, none is more compelling than the devastating trauma visited on victims of sexual assault.
Such trauma falls disproportionately on children under age 18 if data obtained in 1991 from sex offenders in State prisons are any indication: about two-thirds of them committed their crimes against children under age 18, with about 58 percent being under age 13. Less than 10 percent of the inmates incarcerated for sexual assault of children reported that victims had been strangers to them. Components of the trauma associated with sexual assault include shame, self-blame, fear, developmental crises, posttraumatic stress disorder, and the threat or actuality of physical violence, terror, and injury.
The model process evolved from insights gleaned from field research in six States.
o Probation and parole agencies with specialized caseloads were more likely to report use of such community-safety approaches as emphasis on after-hours monitoring of offenders and an orientation focusing on victim protection.
o More than 80 percent of probation and parole respondents stated that mental health treatment is mandated for sex offenders under community supervision.
Under this philosophy, treatment and supervision modalities give priority to community protection and victim safety.
Orders for no contact with the victim are sought at the earliest opportunity.