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NCJ Number: 150911 Find in a Library
Title: When Kids Rape Kids
Author(s): J M Werblin
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 3
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This discussion of adolescent child molesters focuses on their psychological characteristics and treatment needs, based on the program called STOP (Stop the Offending Process) at Inner Harbour Hospitals in Carrabelle, Fla.
Abstract: Most juvenile sex offenders are placed in juvenile detention centers, where their emotional needs are unmet. Adolescent sex offenders come from many backgrounds, but they have several documented psychological characteristics. They need to feel powerful and masturbate frequently while fantasizing before they act out their fantasies. A study of adult child molesters revealed that 85 percent were molested as children and that 70 percent began molesting other children when they were children. Sex for sex offenders is about aggression, physical force, control, and anger rather than sexual stimulation. Treatment should begin with setting boundaries, says Andrew Creamer, Ph.D., consultant to Laurel Oaks Hospital in Orlando, Fla. Participants in STOP are placed in secured areas until they earn the privilege of living in monitored cabins, take part in wilderness and academic programs, and learn to control their anger. Treatment must enable offenders to learn alternative ways to deal with their boredom or anger. It must also involve parents and the judiciary system so that the child returns for followup care and so that family dynamics no longer continue to support abuse. Photographs
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child molesters; Juvenile Sex Offenders; Sex offender profiles; Sex offender treatment
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