Tackling child sexual abuse (4/5): Therapists wanted!

In the fourth in a series of five blogs, Juliet Grayson discussed the StopSO method and provided advice for those who want to apply it. The main focus of StopSO UK’s work with sexual offenders and many of their families is “Stopping the First Offence.” Additionally, it was stressed how crucial it is for therapists to be ready in order to respond appropriately when someone confides in them about having troubling sexual thoughts. This will help prevent clients from hastily terminating their sessions after noticing a shocked look on the therapist’s face, a therapist who stutters, or some other “judgemental” reaction. Clients frequently tell StopSO that they withdrew after they witnessed a therapist reacting in this way that they didn’t approve. Their courage to seek assistance from a different therapist took years to acquire.


Tackling child sexual abuse (3/5): Harmful sexual behavior in children

Juliet Grayson addresses the challenging problems facing children who commit a sexual offence in the third of five blogs. There is an abuser for every victimized child. It is possible for the abuser to be a kid. During the curious years of childhood, it is crucial to think about what constitutes hazardous sexual activity and to evaluate the warning signs that may point to the need for professional assistance. HSB is a dual notion that can be both detrimental to the child perpetrator and hurtful to the victim. HSBs are typically recognized as behaviors or conversations that are inappropriate for the person’s age or developmental stage and may involve one child dominating the other due to superior intelligence or physical prowess. What does this mean for an adult then? figuring out what is good and what is not, and acting quickly, such as seeking early treatment, because children are the future’s adults, and it is our duty to give them effective therapeutic support to prevent them from turning into serial offenders.


Tackling child sexual abuse (1/5): Paedosexuality

The focus of this article is one of Juliet Grayson’s five blogs. It had a strong concentration on sexual offending and encouraged therapists to engage with client groups to prevent the first offence rather than waiting until a crime is committed. Additionally, the terms “paedophile” and “child molester” are frequently misused, which discourages people from getting help out of fear of being misunderstood. Child molestation is not considered paedophilia; rather, it refers to someone who is attracted to children. On the other hand, not all child abusers are MAPs or paedophiles. The term “paedosexual” might be used to lessen the stigma attached to the term “paedophilia”. Paedosexuality is not a choice; the decision is whether or not to engage in it. So, in order to reduce the sexual abuse of children, a safe place for clients to come for therapy is important.


Internet safety guide for people with autism spectrum disorder

People who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) perceive the world differently from those who do not. As a result, individuals with ASD may use the internet in a different way than normal users and as a matter of fact, may face various online dangers. This article is focused on a guidebook that is designed to teach autistic people (and their parents, family, friends, and carers) about the hazards associated with using the internet and how to reduce those risks. However, it also highlights the advantages to demonstrate how internet use and enjoyment are safe and secure for autistic persons.


Protecting your child on the Internet: A guide for parents

It discusses the preventative measures that may be taken to safeguard kids from harmful information, cyberbullying, mobile obsession, and sexual predators. Some of these safety measures include using smart TVs and streaming material, keeping an eye on kids’ behavior, Install an ad blocker so that children won’t be exposed to misleading advertising that tempts them to download harmful software.


Banning conversion therapy consultation

It discussed some warnings of unintended harms (the idea that changing one’s sexual orientation is universally undesirable, as well as the idea that gender ascription and sexual orientation are innate) in the consultation’s formulation as a result of its “blindness” to the issue of paedophilia. It also presented some suggested modifications like government acknowledging that sexual orientation is not innate, or is only partially innate, as well as government acknowledging the distinction between gender and sexual orientation.

2016 Intimate attractions and sexual misconduct in the therapeutic relationship: Implications for socially just practice

Despite the fact that there is controversy on the relevant ethical rules, sexually intimate behavior between psychologists and their customers, mentors, and students poses a severe challenge within psychological and allied fields. For those involved, the negative effects are frequently wide and nuanced. In addition, clients from marginalized backgrounds may be more susceptible to therapist exploitation as a result of wider power gaps. This conversation focuses on how the therapeutic alliance and its applicability to minority communities have implications for training, monitoring, and practice. Suggestions were put forward to assist practitioners in differentiating between sexual desires and intimate behaviors and dealing with them in an ethical, socially just manner. A deeper comprehension of these problems might also be helpful to clients.

2016 Historical child sexual abuse in England and Wales: the role of historians

This paper examines the ethical and methodological concerns that have influenced a joint project that intends to map the social, legal, and political reactions to child sexual abuse in England and Wales over the twentieth century. The etymological conundrum of looking for past records of child sex abuse was highlighted. It then focuses on the gaps and silences in the archive, most problematically in relation to the voices and experiences of victims and survivors themselves, acknowledging that research tools will always be limited. Finally, it covers moral concerns with the identification or anonymization of persons who have been charged and found guilty (as well as victims and survivors) when reporting study findings. The 1920s and 1950s, as well as education, were regarded as the main subjects of discussion.

The psychotherapists: Working with sex offenders

In addition to addressing sex offenders and non-offending paedophiles, this study made therapy recommendations for the aforementioned profiles. Additionally, it was mentioned that certain skills, such as empathy, congruence, the capacity for reflection, mindfulness, and distress tolerance, are essential for therapists. The awareness of criminogenic factors such as abnormal sexual preferences, obsessive sexual behavior, attitudes that support sexual crime, a lack of close adult relationships, an antisocial lifestyle, impulsivity and poor self-control, unstable employment, negative peer associations, substance abuse, and subpar problem-solving skills are also helpful. According to research, addressing these issues can be the most effective strategy to stop reoffending. Most significantly, it emphasized the idea that StopSO is steadfastly committed to providing in-person treatment for anyone who experiences sexual attraction to children but is unsure of how to get help.

2016 Changes in coming out milestones across five age cohorts

In five age cohorts, self-identified lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals were compared in this quantitative study to evaluate differences in the coming out process. Participants completed the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identity Scale (LGBIS). (Mohr & Fassinger, 2000), disclosed the ages at which they reached significant turning points in the coming-out process, and provided demographic data and details about their upbringing. In general, this sample revealed two noteworthy trends: (a) a decline in the average age at which milestones are reached; and (b) the disappearance of the gender disparity in milestone attainment between men and women. The current study adds to and supports prior research that indicates a high correlation between early coming out and social acceptance of LGB people.