In “How to Repair a Sex Offender,” we continue to explore first-person accounts about the practical application of sexual offender rehabilitation.
Stigma has been the primary barrier in understanding pedophilia with scientific study.
Talking about pedophilia and pedophiles often feels like a crime. And, to many, the idea of conceptualizing pedophilia as a sexual orientation is often seen as a minimization of a serious moral offense.
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.