The population of juvenile sex offenders is as heterogeneous as the population of adult sex offenders.62
Nondeviant sexual experiences usually precede the juvenile’s offending behavior.63
OFFENDER’S RELATIONSHIP TO VICTIM
More than 95% of victims of adolescent offenders know the perpetrators as acquaintances, friends, neighbors, or relatives.64
Sexually abusive youth appear to respond well to cognitive-behavioral and/or relapse prevention treatment, with rearrest rates of approximately 7 percent in follow-up periods of more than five years. Program evaluation data suggest that the sexual recidivism rate for juveniles treated in specialized programs ranges from approximately 7 to 13 percent in follow-up periods of two to five years.65
CHILDREN WITH SEXUAL BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS
Sexually aggressive children demonstrate deep feelings of anger, rage, shame and loneliness. Several professionals including Friedrich, Johnson and Feldmeth have observed that those emotions are paired with sex, which has been paired with aggression.66
62 Knight, R.A., and R.A. Prentky. 1990. Classifying Sexual Offenders: The Development and Collaboration of Taxonomic Models. In Handbook of Sexual Assault: Issues, Theories and Treatment of the offenders. W.L. Marshall, D.R. Laws, and H.E. Barbaree, eds. New York: Plenum Press, p. 23-52.
63 Becker, J.B., J. Cunningham-Rather, and M.F. Kaplan. Adolescent Sexual Offenders: Demographics, Criminal Sexual Histories, and Recommendations for Reducing Future Offenses.” 4 Journal of Interpersonal Violence (1986): 431-445.
65 Center for Sex Offender Management. Office of Justice Programs. An Overview of Sex Offender Management. U.S. Department of Justice (July 2002).
66 Araji, Sharon K. 1997. Sexually Aggressive Children: Coming to Understand Them. Sage Publication.
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