Treatment of Sexual Offenders

Posted on September 11, 2011


Synchronicity is interesting. Today is the 10th anniversary of September 11. After a bushwalk I was sitting chatting with a friend who I’ve known for 15 years.

I told him that on September 11, 2001 I was teaching at Frank Baxter Juvenile Detention Centre. I said to some of the boys, “What do you want to do for sport this afternoon?” One of them said, “suicide bombing.”

This friend is a psychologist with the Sex and Violent Offender Treatment Program (VOTP) in gaols around Sydney.

We talked about his work which is so important and interesting. Sex offenders have a very low base rate, which means that only a relatively small percentage are expected to re-offend without treatment. assesses the risk of adult male sexual offenders who are at least 18 year of age at their time of release to the community and gives different rates of re-offending for risk levels and what percentage are expected to reoffend without treatment.

Apparently there’s about a 5% conviction rate of sex offenders, the sexual assault unit at Wollongong Hospital polled their patients anonymously and found that less than 5% of those assaulted actually reported the offenders.

Why don’t they report sex offenders? “No one will believe me.” “It’s someone I know.” “What’s the point of going through the legal process? What’s the outcome going to be- spend days in court being questioned and questioned under cross-examination about things I don’t want to remember.”

This article is about Graham Rendell, one of the most experienced sex offender psychologists working for the Department of Corrective Services in Sydney:

Professor W. L. Marshall is one of the leading researchers in the world. He’s written books about rehabilitating sex offenders using a strength-based approach. He’s a theorist and practitioner.

Treatment of Sexual Offenders and its Effects

Here are some of the books he’s written:

Handbook of sexual assault: issues, theories, and treatment of the offender:

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