This workbook accompanies Treating Nonoffending Parents in Child Sexual Abuse Cases: Connections for Family Safety. It features many useful checklists, illustrative diagrams, and spaces to record thoughts and feelings as the client works through the process.
Chapter 6: Learning about Sexual Offenders
Learning about Sexual Offenders
Over the years, experts in the field of sexual deviance have made many attempts to classify child molesters. We say “attempts” because the classification process has never been—and still is not—entirely successful. The reason for this failure is clear: Study after study has shown sex offenders to be heterogeneous, meaning, simply, that they are all different. They are different in age, race, class, ethnicity, religion, education, financial status, and geographic origins. They don't show common symptoms of mental problems (other than their sex offending). They are even different in basic personality traits. Amazingly, no personality test has ever been able to find a difference between child molesters and normal men. In fact, probably the only generalizations that can ...