Four Possible Treatments for Sex Offenders

Post your response to the following: Identify four possible treatments for sex offenders. Answer the Critical Thinking question on p. 631.

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Treatment for sex offenders seems to vary from the minimally invasive to the extreme. I guess some of the lease invasive treatments would be therapy. The text stated that group therapy is most common because it helps keep the inmates honest with themselves, as a result of peer pressure (Rathus, Nevid, & Fichner-Rathus, 2005). Next up the ladder would be empathy training and techniques of covert sensitization, which are used to force the inmate to feel empathy for their victims and to associate negative consequences with their actions. The most extreme method would probably be castration, due to its irreversibility.

Agree or disagree with the following statement, and support your answer: We should punish sex offenders and not worry about “treating” them.

I do not think that societal reaction to sex offenders should be limited to only treatment or punishment. I think that in the case of sex offenders both treatment and punishment should work hand in hand. Let’s face it, prison time for sex offenders is preventative in nature and as a secondary plus keeps sex offenders off the streets. The reason I say this is because sentences for sex offenders are not life sentences. They will be back on the streets at some point. So the point of prison time for sex offenders is to deter other people from committing sexually deviant acts. I have always thought that full castration should be mandatory for rapist and child molesters. I am not talking about just the scrotal sac but the whole thing. That would stop repeat offenses dead in their tracks. That would of course only affect males. As a counter-weight to male castration women maybe should go through several years of intensive therapy followed by mandatory several year probation outside of jail involving therapy. In that case, a second offense wouldn’t simply be punishable by jail time but rather more therapy dealing with the same problem. That might be much more a deterrent for repeat offenders than jail time alone.

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Rathus, S.A., Nevid, J.S., and Fichner-Rathus, L. (2005). Human sexuality in a world of diversity. (6th ed.) Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

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