Sex Offender Recidivism

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In society, when the words “sex offender” are brought up, the public usually has the same image in their mind. They usually would see this image of an older male that unceasingly tries to get with children. They public also has a stereotype for this image, that once your sex offender, you’re always a sex offender. Sex offenders are seen as among the most dangerous kinds of offender in terms of both the impact that their wrongdoing has on victims’ lives and because of concerns about their risk of reoffending. However it has recently came to question of whether this perception of dangerousness is supported. Is it true that once a sex offender always a sex offender? In this paper I will discuss the evidence about the commonness and nature of sexual offending, characteristics of sex offenders, recidivism rates among different kinds of sex offenders and the support of treatment programs. In most studies the sexual offenders term can be broken down into 3 different classifications. The first group is sexual offenders that commit crimes of sexual violence against adults. Some may give this group name of rapist. Surprisingly this is not the classification most of these sex offenders are in. The second class of offenders is criminals who commit crimes of sexual violence against children who are not within their family group of friends. These offenders usually choose their targets at random but may be have personal preferences like gender or size. The last classifications of sexual offenders are sex offenders who commit crimes of sexual violence against children within their own families. Currently these types of sexual offenders seem to be most popular. According to “RAINN” Rape, Abuse, Incest Nation Network, someone the victim knows commits most sexual assaults and rapes. They reported that up to 73% of sexual offenses were perpetrated by non-strangers. This
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