Monday, July 25, 2016

Resources For People Worried About Others

This alphabetical list is for anyone wishing to learn more about what motivates child sexual abuse, external signs that can be identified, and general information about child sexual abuse that the average person may not know. Some resources are more academic in nature, others are from advocacy sites, and some are blog posts written by me. This list is to be a tool for further conversations and discussions around child safety, and as a guide on where to go to get more information.

A Parent's Guide to Pedophilia: My Child Has What?!?: This is a post aimed at parents whose children may have pedophilia or an attraction to minors, and how to handle the situation. As a parent, you want to ensure that your reactions help your child. Read this to know how. Bear in mind that the majority of people with pedophilia will never abuse a child.

About Grooming: This is a post describing what grooming is, why grooming can be a controversial issue, and what people need to be aware of around the subject of grooming.

ATSA: FAQ On Sexual Abuse: This is a resource compiled by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers that covers eight topics within sexual abuse prevention: Definition, profile of an abuser, who the victims are, what motivates abuse, sexual offender recidivism, sex offense treatment, the efficacy (effectiveness) of treatment, and sex offender management/supervision. 

Burn Your Sex Offender Map (Free Range Kids): This is a blog post from Lenore Skenazy of Free Range Kids about the efficacy of sex offender laws, public notifications, and just who qualifies for the label of “sex offender” and how that label has become as useless as the laws that aim to protect.

Child Sex Abuse Fact Sheet: This post is a basic fact sheet with basic information about child sexual abuse. As child sexual abuse is a very complex topic, readers are reminded that solving the epidemic of child sexual abuse starts with knowing and discussing the facts about child sexual abuse. This is your springboard to becoming involved in preventing child sexual abuse.

Defining Child Sexual Abuse: A Therapeutic Approach: This post defines what child sexual abuse is from a therapeutic, victim-centered perspective and why such a definition is more valuable than a legal definition.

Facts About Sex Offenders (SOSEN): This is a brochure that was put together by the Sex Offender Solutions & Education Network to address many facts about sex offenders. It is a great overview for the average person that is unfamiliar with sex offenders and the risk they pose to children.

Facts: Child Sex Abuse And The Abusers: This post is an academically detailed description of the negative impact that child sexual abuse has on victims, and the pertinent facts about sexual abusers that people need to know. 

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions, Myths, and Stereotypes(comprehensive): This post is a long and comprehensive list of questions, myths, and stereotypes that many people believe around child sexual abuse, sexual abusers, pedophiles, and sexual offenders. As the questions are not simple, the answers are likewise complex.

Flyer for General Public (Half-sheet, PDF): This is a flyer that contains general information about child sexual abuse, including some warning signs in potential abusers, links to pertinent posts, and where to get more information. It is designed to be printed double-sided.

Friends and Family: Resources to Help: This is a post with advice for family and friends of sexual offenders who want to help the offender get back on their feet, and hold them accountable for their sexual behavior and its impact on others.

Glossary: This is a glossary of terms that I use throughout my blog that may be new to the average person.

Housing Sex Offenders: What Aids The Prevention Of Further Sexual Crimes? (CSOM): This is just one page of a plethora of information that was put together by the Center for Sex Offender Management, which is a project of the Office of Justice Programs of the United States Department of Justice. This particular page discusses housing options and what works best for sex offenders. It indirectly addresses laws that ban sex offenders from certain places, among other topics.

How Sex Offender Registration And Notification Is DangerousTo Children: This is post is about the laws aimed at sex offenders, the hype surrounding these laws, and why both are harmful to abuse prevention efforts and may actually lead to increased recidivism and more child sexual abuse, not less.

How To Talk With A Potential Abuser: So, you have someone in your life that are exhibiting many warning signs that they may be a potential abuser. Now what do you do? How to you start that conversation? Why should you start a conversation? Many areas are covered in this post. Bear in mind that most sexual abusers are those known and trusted in their communities. 

Interactive Victim Resources: This is a list of resources put together by Darkness To Light that is specifically aimed at victims of child sexual abuse in the United States. If you live outside the United States, Googling “sexual abuse victim resources in [your city/country]” can help put you in touch with resources in your area.

Jacob Wetterling Resource Center Sex Offender FAQ: This is a resource put together by the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center to cover general information about sexual offenders. Many great questions about sex offenders and sex offender laws are covered here, and while they are somewhat specific to Minnesota, their information does apply to many other states as well. Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped at 11 years old in 1989, and his family’s efforts have formed the basis for sex offender registration. His family are outspokenly against what sex offender laws have currently become.

Myths: The Brief Version: This post is a shorter version of the “FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions, Myths, and Stereotypes(comprehensive)” post. By contrast, it may be easier to read, though at the cost of fewer sources and less accuracy.

Parents Protect: A Parent-Oriented FAQ: This is a very expansive list of general questions that most parents ask about child sexual abuse. Many topics are covered, and this is a great place for any parent to start learning about child sexual abuse and how to prevent child sexual abuse.

Pornography: This post discusses some of the ethical issues involved both in adult pornography and “child pornography”. It also discusses “child sexual abuse images” as an alternative for “child pornography”, given that children cannot consent, are not paid, and are not acting in such material.

Primary Prevention Basics: This post is a general overview of some of the many topics involved in the primary prevention of child sexual abuse, and why these topics are both controversial and necessary to ending the epidemic of child sexual abuse.

Reporting Allegations to Law Enforcement: This is a post on the process of reporting allegations/disclosures of sexual abuse to law enforcement, and the myriad of factors you may be considering in contacting law enforcement. It also gives advice on where you can get help through this process to ensure it is handled well to limit the trauma to the victim.

Reporting Suspicions to Law Enforcement: This is a post detailing what kinds of suspicious things should warrant an investigation by law enforcement, and who you can contact regarding any kind of suspicion around child sexual abuse and related issues.

Secrecy And The Dark: This is a post discussing the role of secrecy in sexual offending, and how secrecy and failing to discuss sexual crimes can contribute to more sexual crime.

Sex Offender Myths: The Foundation For Sex Offender Laws (Women Against Registry and Once Fallen): This is a comprehensive list of myths and the facts that counter them around sex offenses and sex offenders. It is long and involved, but it covers a very wide range of common misconceptions around sex offending. 

Sex Offender Registration And Notification: Limited Effects In New Jersey (U.S.D.O.J.): This article ran in the April 2009 issue of the National Institute of Justice, a publication of the United States Department of Justice: Office of Justice Programs. It discusses an analysis of the effects of Megan’s Law, or notification in the community of specific sex offenders, and the efficacy of registration and notification. Repeated in their findings are the phrases “no demonstrable effect” and “did not have any effect”. At 3 pages, it is a fairly short read.

Sex Offender Residency Restrictions: This public policy brief from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers in 2008 concludes that restrictions on where sex offenders can be and live do not have any effect on sexual offender recidivism. At 2 pages, it is a fairly short read.

SORNA: A Crash Course in Sex Offenders: This post is an overview of sexual offender registration and notification laws, their impact on offenders and on the protection of children, and why these laws do not work as they were originally intended.

Stewards of Children: A Review of Darkness to Light'sPrevention Training: This post is a review of the “Stewards of Children” training offered by Darkness to Light. Their training is available for $10 and involves a general overview of child sexual abuse for those completely unfamiliar with it. The review serves as an evaluation and critique of this training from the standpoint of primary prevention.

Stop It Now: Adult's Behaviors With Children And Youth: This is a comprehensive resource that covers a variety of topics, such as safety plans, motivations for child sexual abuse, common misunderstandings, internet safety, and more.

Stop It Now: Children's Sexual Behaviors And Development: This is a resource from Stop It Now! that can give you an idea of what sorts of behaviors from children are expected at certain age ranges, and which behaviors are considered abnormal by experts. This is a very useful resource in understanding how sexuality develops in children, and when signs of advanced development could indicate something more going on.

Stop It Now: Worried About An Adult's Behavior?: This is a comprehensive resource for anyone who wants to know how to spot potentially problematic behavior beforehand (prevention) and how to intervene in abusive situations (intervention). Many topics are covered.

TipsFor Educators: This is a post aimed at educators describing how they can be helpful in preventing child sexual abuse, and where they can find more information about the subject.

TipsFor Parents: This is a post aimed at parents describing where they can get accurate information about child sexual abuse, how they can best protect their children, and what my blog is all about. It also serves as a basic introduction to the need for primary prevention methods in sexual abuse prevention.

Virtuous Pedophiles: Online Support for Pedophiles: This is an online support group aimed at pedophiles and others with sexual attractions to those under the age of consent. It operates as a forum. Virtuous Pedophiles can also be found on Twitter

Warning Signs in Potential Abusers: This post is a list of behaviors that anyone can spot in someone who may be at-risk for sexually abusing a child, or may have already done so. This also includes some advice about your options for what you can do if you are seeing multiple warning signs in a particular individual. The presence of a single warning sign should not necessarily be cause for concern, while multiple warning signs should be.

What Is Pedophilia? And Those Other Hard To PronounceThings?: This post describes pedophilia and discusses the distinction between pedophilia, hebephilia, and ephebophilia. I also discuss some of the concepts of pedophilia from the DSM-V.

What You Need To Know About MAPs, Paraphiles, And SexOffenders: This post looks at MAPs (Minor Attracted Person(s)), those with sexual disorders (paraphiles), and sex offenders and what you need to know about how these three groups of people are different. It will also educate you on the risk that pedophiles pose to children.

Why Sex Offender Registries Don't Work: Quartz: This is an article discussing the Brock Turner sexual assault case, and provides some of the history behind sex offender registries and challenges the notion that sex offender registries are useful in aiding public safety.

Wiki: Child Sexual Abuse: This is Wikipedia’s main page on child sexual abuse, and contains many facts, links to studies, and general information that people might find useful if they have a limited knowledge of the subject. It is academically oriented and should not be triggering for most people.

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