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NCJ Number: 149641 Find in a Library
Title: Making the Decision to Care: Guys and Sexual Assault
Author(s): F Mathews
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Canada National Clearinghouse of Family Violence, Health and Welfare
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1B5, Canada
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Publication Number: ISBN 0-662-59928-4
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Canada National Clearinghouse of Family Violence, Health and Welfare
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1B5,
Document: PDF
Type: Youth-Oriented Material
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: This booklet for teen males who have committed or are thinking about committing a sexual offense is designed to help them understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; seek the help they need; and stop themselves from offending.
Abstract: The booklet first explains a sexual offense as a legal proscription designed to deter and sanction nonconsensual and manipulative sexual behavior that harms its victims. Specific types of sexual behavior sanctioned under Canadian law include sexual assault, sexual interference, sexual exploitation, invitation to sexual touching, indecent exposure to a child, anal intercourse, and "other" sexual behaviors. A section on reasons why juveniles commit sexual offenses discusses the dynamics of anger, frustration, and a need for power and control. Also discussed are peer pressure, confusion about sexual feelings, and cultural images of females as sexual objects. The booklet advises that "anything you do after you hear the word "no" (from a potential victim) is illegal and a sexual offense." An outline of the sexual-offense cycle traces the mental and behavioral steps that lead to a sexual offense, so the potential offender may recognize what is happening and resist the cycle at some point before the criminal behavior occurs. Other topics discussed are denial and minimization, thinking errors, what happens in counseling, consequences to the victim and offender in a sexual offense, and making the decision to care about oneself and others. A list of 9 resources
Main Term(s): Juvenile Sex Offenders
Index Term(s): Rape causes; Rape prevention programs; Sex offender treatment; Sex offenses
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