ERIC Number: EJ882097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 6
Response to Comartin, Kernsmith, and Miles' (2010) Michigan Sex Offender Registration Study
Prescott, David S.
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, v19 n2 p231-233 2010
Basic human respect compels everyone to ask about the effect of the current policies to prevent further abuse on family members of those who have abused. Sadly, only a handful of researchers are examining the effects of policies on the affected parties, such as victims, the abusers themselves, or their families. No one yet has asked a random sample of sexual abuse survivors for their thoughts about the registration of those who have sexually abused. Given that so many experience abuse at the hands of someone they know (and may love), it makes little sense not to research the effects. This article presents the author's response to Comartin, Kernsmith, and Miles' (2010) Michigan sex offender registration study. The study is considered as a welcome addition to the literature. The study's findings raise important questions about the effect of registering juveniles who have sexually abused. As society moves forward in developing policies to prevent abuse, the best approaches will occur when lawmakers and researchers work collaboratively with one another. The author discusses some cautions that one's current state of knowledge should provide. The author argues that the current policies are failing because they reflect little understanding of the prevalence of abuse, the characteristics of those who abuse, or what works to reduce risk. As society moves to get tough on crime, the author suggests to find ways to support those who are working to transcend the abuse.
Descriptors: Sexual Abuse, Researchers, Prevention, Criminals, Family (Sociological Unit), Disclosure, Records (Forms), Public Policy, Victims of Crime, Juvenile Justice, Law Enforcement, Risk, Incidence, Crime
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan