Section 2: Overview
2 Hours

Lecture Topic TOPIC: OVERVIEW

Introduction

Use SlideUse Slide #1: The Effective Management of Juvenile Sex Offenders in the Community
Use SlideUse Slide #2: Key Topics for This Section

Most of the time, when the term “sex offender” is used, people think of adult men who commit sex offenses. However, it is important to understand that some adolescents engage in sexually abusive behavior as well.

In this section, we are going to take a look at some national data which reveal that juvenile–perpetrated sex offenses are in fact a significant problem. Then we will discuss the ways in which society and the field have responded to these youth over time.

We will then review some of the current literature about these youth and highlight some key similarities and differences between adults and juveniles who commit sex offenses. And we will end this section with a brief discussion about how our current knowledge about these youth has implications for our approaches to managing them.

Goals

Before we begin, let’s review the goals and objectives for this section.

At the end of this section of the curriculum, participants will be able to understand:

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