Sexual Abuse and the Sexual Offender

Sexual Abuse and the Sexual Offender : Common Man or Monster?

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This book examines the myths perpetuated by the media and by the public, by providing actual data, with case examples. It demonstrates how sexual offending occurs, who commits these acts, what might cause such crimes, how sexual offenders are assessed, supervised, treated, and prevention methods.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 431g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1782203893
  • 9781782203896
  • 1,802,413

Table of contents

Series Editor's Foreword -- Foreword -- Introduction: Dispelling the myths -- Judge the act, not the actor -- There is more than one type of sexual offender-and it makes a big difference -- How common is sexual offending? -- The possible origins of sexual offending -- Who sexually offends? Who might? The assessment of the sexual offender -- The examination of the sexual offender -- Treating the sexual offender: cognitive techniques -- Treating the sexual offender: experiential techniques -- Treating the sexual offender: ancillary techniques -- The frequency, duration, and cost of sexual offender treatment programs -- The overall philosophy and rationale of sexual offender treatment programs -- Can sexual offenders ever be successfully treated? -- The outliers: unusual offenders, female offenders, youths who offend, clergy, and the like -- Attempting to prevent sexual abuse -- Epilogue
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Review quote

'In the first book of its kind written for a lay audience, Dr. Barry Maletzky challenges the myths surrounding individuals who have offended sexually and encourages the reader to re-examine his or her existing beliefs. Sexual behavior problems are not the province of the dirty old man hiding in the bushes. Men, women, children, co-workers, and neighbors may be labeled sexual offenders. Dr. Maletzky provides examples of different types of offenders, using examples from his many years' experience of treating them. He discusses evaluation and treatment methods, including the controversial penile plethysmograph, the efficacy of treatment, prognosis for change, and recidivism rates. This text is a "must-read" for those who want to learn more about the phenomenon of sexual deviancy and form their opinions about those who "cross the line" based on reason, not emotion.'- Cynthia Steinhauser, PhD, LCSW, Director of the Sexual Abuse Clinic, Portland, Oregon'I cannot think of any person better suited to write a book for the public about sexual offenders than Dr. Barry Maletzky. Without in any way dismissing the harmful effects of sexual offending, Dr. Maletzky shows that the proper treatment and management of these offenders is in the best interest of society. He shows quite clearly that treating these offenders and managing them appropriately not only reduces future victimization, it also saves society a considerable amount of money. When governments and their agents act responsibly in accordance with evidence, then we and our families and friends will be safer. Dr. Maletzky has, in this book, provided the public a significant and valuable service. I hope other readers will enjoy this book as much as I did.'- William Marshall, Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Queen's University, Canada; from the Foreword
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About Barry Maletzky

Dr Barry Maletzky graduated from Columbia University with a BA and from Stony Brook Medical School with an MD. He completed a residency in psychiatry at the Oregon Health Sciences University in 1971. Following two years of service in the military, he entered the practice of psychiatry in Portland, OR in 1973. Dr Maletzky began specializing in several fields in psychiatry, including the treatment of severe depression, the use of electroconvulsive therapy, and the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders. In 1978 he founded the Sexual Abuse Clinic to treat sexual offenders and their victims. Since that time, the clinic has become one of the largest and most established such clinics in the world.
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