ERIC Number: ED406621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Responding to Problematic Sexualized Behavior in Juveniles.
Baker, Eugene A.
Keeping children safe becomes a more complicated concern when many of the offenders are not adults, but other children. Data from the justice system reveals that juveniles account for about 20% of all forcible rapes and about 50% of child sexual abuse. Contrary to the media's depiction, the majority come from two-parent homes, have no prior arrests or notable behavior problems. The median age of the offenders is between 14 and 15; the median age of the victim is 7. For such juvenile offenders, group therapy is the treatment of choice. Along with support from the justice system, parental support is essential to effective treatment of the young offender. Sex offender intervention must confront the parents' feelings of shame, anger, or denial in order to involve them in their child's treatment and their responsibility in maintaining a safe community. The response to problematic juvenile sex behavior must be balanced, protecting children from harmful coercion or assault, and still respecting the vagaries of normal psychosexual development. The potential of the media to serve as a primary prevention effort toward the goal of a sexually safe society is highlighted. (LSR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (104th, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 9-13, 1996).