Adult sex community
Series: NIJ Research in Brief Published: January 1997 31 pages 52,474 bytes U. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs National Institute of Justice National Institute of Justice Research in Brief Jeremy Travis, Director January 1997 ------------------------------ Issues and Findings Discussed in this Brief: Results of a national telephone survey identifying how probation and parole agencies managed adult sex offenders and a description of a model management process for containing sex offenders serving community sentences.The model process evolved from insights gleaned from field research in six States.In many States, victim and family outrage is fueling legislation requiring registration of convicted sex offenders with law enforcement agencies, and enactment of community notification and sexual predator laws.What is being done to manage sex offenders in the community to contain them and thereby protect victims and the public?
Trauma and the length and level of recovery seem linked to trust violation more than to many other factors. Thus, what might be regarded by some as a relatively minor type of sexual assault (e.g., "just fondling") can be extremely traumatic to a victim who trusted the perpetrator.Whenever possible, the perpetrator rather than the victim is removed from the home in cases of incest.Confidentiality is limited, and information is shared freely among the management team.Research sponsored by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and conducted by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice addressed those questions through (1) a national telephone survey of 732 probation and parole supervisors and (2) field research in six States (see "Research Methods").
The telephone survey focused on identifying how probation and parole agencies managed adult sex offenders (see "Telephone Survey: Selected Findings").
How can sex offenders be managed in community settings in ways that enhance public safety and victim protection?