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2007 Sexual abuse: how far do the ripples go?

The consequences of sexual abuse are far-reaching, affecting not only the victim and abuser, as well as their families and friends, but also the society at large and the professionals who operate in this field. In order to demonstrate the “ripple effects” of sexual assault on the victims and survivors of the abuse, this paper went farther and described case studies.

2007 Neuropsychological deficit in sexual offenders, implication for treatment

This paper provides a brief overview of the growing body of evidence that a proportion of adult sexual offenders present with some localized form of brain pathology, often left temporal lobe, that may, in part, explain the presence of gender dysphonia and the attraction to deviant behavior patterns in sexually anomalous men who prefer child surrogate partners or unsuspecting women.

2007 Marshall: The role of attachments intimacy and loneliness in the etiology and maintenance of sexual offending

The vulnerability of the offender is a crucial component of our general theory of sex offending. This susceptibility develops mostly from poor quality attachment relationships between the parent and the child who may commit sex crimes. Poor attachments cause low self-esteem, poor social skills, and a lack of empathy for others, which make the transition to peer relationships throughout puberty more challenging and present people as objects of sexual gratification. In order to show a connection between low-quality attachments, loneliness, closeness, and the inclination to offend, this paper tries to combine all of these processes.

2007 Literature update: Paraphilia

In order to treat convicted sex offenders in the community, Avon Probation Service runs a group, which is described in this essay. 63 men joined the group over the course of the study, and of the 55 men who departed during that time, 65% had not committed a new offence by the time it was over. This led to the statement that long-term support for offenders would help things even more positively.

2007 Issues in the assessment and treatment of male sex offenders with mild learning disabilities

Using the framework of the cognitive-behavioral approach, which predominates the specialized psychological literature, this research highlights some of the challenges involved in the assessment and treatment of male sex offenders with mild learning disabilities

2007 Current development in psychotherapy for child molesters.

This article discusses the most recent advancements in psychotherapy for the treatment of child predators. Improved motivation, less deviant sexual arousal, increased empathy, improved closeness, reduced cognitive distortions, and patient treatment matching are among the topics explored