ERIC Number: ED346352
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
The Adolescent Sexual Perpetrator: A New Challenge in the Field of Sexual Abuse.
The interest in juvenile perpetrators of sexual abuse is one of the most momentous developments in the field of sexual assault prevention and treatment. It is hoped that by working with juvenile perpetrators, counselors will have the greatest chance of identifying and stopping patterns of sexually abusive behavior before it becomes a more serious social menace. The new interest in juvenile perpetrators offers the opportunity to develop new ideas about the sources of sexually abusive behavior. There is debate between those who see the deviant sexual behavior process from a psychodynamic versus a behavior perspective. Two important components of sexual deviance are blockage and disinhibition. Blockage refers to developmental experiences that make it more difficult for a potential perpetrator to direct his sexual behavior and emotional needs along a more acceptable line. Disinhibition includes all of the elements that permit a potential perpetrator to take a deviant line of development in spite of social norms and consequences of getting caught. The view of seeing sexual offending simply as a problem of psychopathology is no longer acceptable and the sociological components of sexual offending need to be recognized. New opportunities in this field include earlier recognition of sexual abuse; better understanding of the sources of the problem; more policy support for offender treatment; improved alliances between offender and victim treatment; and a new improved coalition for sex education for children and adolescents. (ABL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Keynote address presented at the Treating the Juvenile Sexual Abuse Perpetrator, National Training Conference (Bloomington, MN, April 27-30, 1986).