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I. What Community Members Need to Know
II. Conducting a Community Notification
III. Managing Sex Offenders
IV. The Role of the Community
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What You Will Find On This Web Site

The following components of the curriculum are available on this website for your use.

Overview Materials

In addition to this introductory material, you will find in this curriculum a User's Guide that provides details on the structure of the training materials and tips on facilitating exercises and small group work. The curriculum also includes a brief segment entitled Special Considerations for Community Education that addresses some of the unique challenges associated with presenting to a non-professional, community-based audience.

Materials by Section

Four sections of training materials are included.

Section 1: What Community Members Need to Know about Sexual Assault and Sex Offenders (Please click here to view a detailed outline of this section)

Section 2: Conducting a Community Notification (Please click here to view a detailed outline of this section)

Section 3: Managing Sex Offenders (Please click here to view a detailed outline of this section)

Section 4: The Role of the Community (Please click here to view a detailed outline of this section)

Within each section, you will find:

  • Lecture content and teaching notes with suggestions for using the presentation slides, the learning activity, and the participant materials that are provided;

  • Slides that highlight the main points made during the lecture (versions of these slides can also be printed out to be distributed as additional participant materials); and

  • Participant materials, intended to be copied and distributed to participants for use during and after the training:

    • Learning Activity. The major learning activity—aside from suggested discussion questions or question and answer periods—is a true/false test that participants are invited to take as a way to introduce some of the basic facts about sexual assault and to dispel some common myths.

    • Reference Materials and Other Handouts. These documents are intended primarily as handouts. These provide safety tips, fact sheets, lists of resources, and other documents that are designed as "take-away" material for community members who might participate in a meeting covering these topics. These handouts should allow you to cover a wide range of topics quickly, providing people with information they can take home for review. Many of these handouts have been provided-or adapted from-materials from various organizations. Although they may be duplicated and distributed, please follow the reprint policies outlined on them.

Evaluation Instrument

Also included in the User's Guide materials is an evaluation instrument that you may find helpful in assessing the usefulness of the training to your participants. It can be duplicated and distributed to training participants for completion at the end of the training. We hope that you will use this instrument; we also ask that you make these completed instruments available to CSOM. In order to assist us in refining and improving future editions of this and other CSOM training curricula, please make copies of completed evaluations and mail them to:

Tom Talbot
Center for Sex Offender Management
c/o Center for Effective Public Policy
8403 Colesville Road, Suite 720
Silver Spring, MD 20910