Section 3: Lecture Content and Teaching Notes
Managing Sex Offenders in the Community
Please note that this section
of the training is intended to be used only by those jurisdictions that have adopted a specialized approach to managing sex offenders in the community and where there is a desire to educate and inform the community about this approach.
In the interest of time, you may wish to skip the review of the learning objectives.
- To help citizens understand the concept of managing sex offenders.
- To inform citizens about promising practices for dealing with sex offenders.
- To provide citizens with information about their role in the comprehensive management of sex offenders in communities.
As we have previously discussed, people who commit sexual offenses, whether convicted for these offenses or not, live in our communities. Two of the ways you can help to maintain a safe community are to know and understand how sex offenders who are residing in your community are managed andto the extent possibleplay a proactive role in protecting yourselves, your family members, and your communities from sexual abusers (both those you know about and those you do not know). Once again, remember that there are many more sexual abusers in your community than those who have been identified by our court system.
This next section provides a brief overview of the various components of an emerging state-of-the-art sex offender management system-the overarching goal of which is the prevention of future sexual assault. As we discuss the various pieces or components of this comprehensive approach to sex offender management, it will become clear that community participation in and awareness about the management of sex offenders is important because sexual assault is a community-wide problem that cannot be solved or contained in a vacuum. In fact, current management methods require the assistance of and collaboration among a variety of stakeholders, including police officers, supervision officers, treatment providers, victim advocates, judges, community members, and many others.