Notifications of child sex offenders living in the area have, in some cases, created community hysteria and loss of sleep.
It may seem that having a public register which shows the whereabouts of dangerous people would keep the community safe. But evidence shows public sex offender registers do more harm than good.
Terri-Lynne McClintic, convicted in the death of an eight-year-old girl, is escorted into court in Kitchener, Ont., in September 2012. News that McClintic was transferred to an Indigenous ‘healing lodge’ has stoked outrage.
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The politically and emotionally charged court of public opinion is not the place to make policy changes in areas as complex as corrections.
France is having a debate over the age of sexual consent. Perhaps it is time the UK joined in.
Some people have unusual attractions to specific age groups.
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Psychologists don't know much about why people have age-based sexual attractions – such as pedophilia – or how best to help people not act on sexual interests in children.
Female child sex offenders are much more likely to offend against their own children.
A recent US study found one out of every five child sexual abuse cases validated by child protection had a female as the main offender of the abuse.
Grounds of Hand Up Ministries in Oklahoma City houses sex offenders.
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Beginning in the 1990s, all 50 US states and Washington, DC created public sex offender registries. Do they do more to help or hurt?
Social media and the internet has helped create a new type of sexual predator, forcing us to reassess our understanding of the terms "friend" and "stranger".
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All sexual offenders should be investigated and prosecuted equally.
Females offend against younger victims and are less discriminant about victim gender.
A key point of difference between male and female sexual abusers of children is in the power relationship with their victims.
Stephen Port selected and groomed his victims via sites such as Grindr.
Drugs on their own aren’t sufficient.
It's time to stop panicking about paedophiles and start offering help.
Honesty is the best policy (and the law).
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A woman has been found guilty of tricking another woman into thinking she was having sex with a man. What does the law actually say about this?
Broadcaster Derryn Hinch is a prominent campaigner for US-style sex offender registries, but it is important to be aware of their limitations.
Western Australia was the first state in the nation to allow public access to a sex offender register online. The public needs to understand how it works to avoid a false sense of security.
Could genetics be a legal get-out clause?
A recent study showing that the potential for committing a sex crime may be written in our genes is interesting but unlikely to help prevent sex offenses.
The police keep tabs on most sex offenders.
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Outcry over those who slip through the net should not cancel out the good work done by the authorities.
Treatment allows offenders to develop better coping skills and improve their interpersonal functioning.
As a clinical and forensic psychologist, I assess and treat sex offenders, ultimately to minimise the risk of reoffending and help keep the community safe. Thanks to the proliferation of research and clinical…
Chemical castration isn’t the answer to keeping children safe from sexual offenders.
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The use of “chemical castration” has been seen by many as an answer to the public fear of paedophiles, reignited by the recent trial of Brett Cowan for the murder of Daniel Morcombe. The idea is that giving…
Pinpoint that sex offender or maybe your own past problems.
The average citizen may not feel that they have anything to fear from the rise of apps that promise to identify sex offenders in their area but they are part of a worrying trend that should act as a warning…
Harriet Harman and Patricia Hewitt in the good (or bad) old days.
The Daily Mail has been exploring the relationship between the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL, now known as Liberty) and the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) in the 1970s, and has embroiled…
Just hold still while I check your back story.
An app on offer in the US says it can determine whether the person you are dating has anything to hide, using facial recognition to see if they are on the sex offenders register. This should make us question…