Stigma has been the primary barrier in understanding pedophilia with scientific study.
In the Dark is a podcast series produced by America Public Media (APM) that takes an in-depth look at the 1989 abduction and murder of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling in St. Joseph, Minnesota.
The info graphic below provides an overview of how sexual offenders are assessed for their risk to the community under SORNA.
Many are familiar with the tragic case of Megan Kanka, a 7-year-old girl who was raped and murdered by a repeat sex offender in New Jersey in 1994.
On a larger scale, the natural fear of Stranger Danger is replicated in media culture and social policy and practice about sex offenders.
Practitioners emphasize with clients that they have full control over their thoughts, behaviors, emotions, and desires.
If I were to ask you to imagine a violent sexual offender, it rare that you picture a teenager.