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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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Goals of the Curriculum

This curriculum has been developed to assist users to plan and execute a meeting or meetings with members of the community that is/are designed to achieve one or more of the following goals.

1. To assist community members to better protect themselves and their families against sexual assault by:

  • Dispelling some of the common myths regarding sex offenders and their victims with facts based on research and professional experience;

  • Dispelling unwarranted fears with sound information and self-protection strategies; and

  • Familiarizing citizens with the resources available in their community to assist in sexual assault prevention and provide services to the victims of sexual assault.

2. To fulfill the local legal requirements for notifying communities about the presence of offenders convicted of certain sexual offenses and to respond to community members' questions about their rights and responsibilities with respect to this notification.

3. Where law enforcement and community supervision agencies and others have developed a specialized and comprehensive approach to sex offender management in the community, this curriculum may help community members to:

  • Understand more clearly why some sex offenders are managed in our communities and the rationale for a specialized approach to sex offender management;

  • Understand that the successful management of sex offenders in the community means the prevention of future victimization, which is in everyone's best interests; and

  • Understand and support the particular approaches and methods being employed in their own community to manage this population of criminal offenders.

4. Where appropriate, to understand how community members can themselves be involved in sex offender management.

The curriculum is organized into four sections—each corresponding to one of the four goals listed above. Section 1 focuses on basic information on sexual assault, dispelling myths, addressing fears, suggesting self protection strategies, and providing information about where to obtain additional help. Section 2 provides an outline for a community notification. Section 3 provides information on sex offender management—informing citizens of what is being done to manage sex offenders safely in the community. Section 4 builds upon Section 3 by inviting citizens to consider how they can be part of a sex offender management strategy.