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THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SEXUAL OFFENDING

Facts About Sex Offenders

  • There are approximately 637,000 registered sex offenders in the United States (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 2008).
  • There are approximately 250,000 convicted sex offenders under criminal justice supervision in the community (Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2006).
  • Most sex offenders (80-95%) assault people they know. (Greenfield, 1997; Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1997 and 2000).
  • At least half of convicted child molesters report that they also have sexually assaulted an adult (Alhmeyer, Heil, McKee, and English, 2004).
  • Over 80% of convicted adult rapists report that they have molested children (Alhmeyer et al, 2004).
  • Approximately one-third of sex offenders report assaulting both males and females. Research shows that most convicted sex offenders have committed many, assaults before they are caught (English, Jones, Pasini-Hill, Patrick, and Cooley-Towell, 2000).
  • Most sex offenders report that they have committed multiple types of sexual assault (sexual assault crimes include exhibitionism, voyeurism, oral sex, vaginal penetration, attempted penetration, fondling, and incest) (English et al, 2000).
  • Over two-thirds of offenders who reported committing incest also report they assaulted victims outside the family (English et al, 2000).
  • Studies of victims have shown less than 30% of sex crimes are reported to law enforcement (National Victim Center and the Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, 1992; Tjaden and Thoennes, 2006).
  • Young victims who know or are related to the perpetrator are less likely to report the crime to authorities (Hansen, Resnick, Saunders, Kilpatrick, and Best, 1999).

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Facts About Sex Offenders in Colorado

  • There are currently 10,096-registered sex offenders in Colorado, as of June 2, 2008.
  • Approximately 60% of convicted sex offenders in Colorado are sentenced to community placement (probation, parole, or community corrections) with the remainder being sentenced to incarceration at the Department of Corrections or the county jail (Colorado State Court Administrator’s Office, 2003).
  • As of June 2008, there are currently 457 Sexually Violent Predators in Colorado. Of these, 364 are currently incarcerated in the Department of Corrections and 93 are listed on the Colorado Sex Offender Registration web site. (Not all SVP’s who are incarcerated are posted on the web site. As an SVP is released from prison to live in the community, they will be posted to the Web site).
  • A 1998 study by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment found:
    • 1 in 150 women and 1 in 830 men in Colorado had experienced a completed or attempted sexual assault in the past 12 months;
    • Approximately 16% of these assaults were reported to police;
    • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 17 men in Colorado had experienced a completed or attempted sexual assault in their lifetime (Colorado Department of Health, 1998).

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Sex Offender Characteristics

  • Many offenders commit multiple crimes against multiple types of victims with whom they have varying types of relationships (adults, children, male, female, known and unknown). This behavior is known as "crossover." (English et al, 2000; Abel and Rouleau, 1990)
  • There is no such thing as a "typical" sex offender. However, all tend to be manipulative, deceptive, and secretive. Sex offenders come from all backgrounds, ages, income levels, and professions.
  • Sexual deviancy often begins in adolescence. (Abel, Mittleman, and Becker, 1985; Abel and Rouleau, 1990; Freeman-Longo, 1993).
  • Sex offenders usually do not commit their crimes impulsively. They usually carefully plan their crimes. (WebMD Feature, 2000).
  • Less than 10% of sexual assaults are committed by women (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2006).

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Sex Offender Management in Colorado

  • The Colorado Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) is a multi-disciplinary board of professionals created by legislative mandate to oversee the management of sex offenders in Colorado.
  • The Colorado General Assembly and the SOMB conclude that sex offenders are dangerous because of the harm they cause to victims and their risk to re-offend.
  • The SOMB believes that community safety is paramount and comes before the needs of the offender. The primary goal of sex offender management is to prevent the offender from victimizing any other person.
  • Sex offender management practices, based on available research, assume that sexual offending is a behavioral disorder which cannot be "cured."
  • While sex offenders cannot be cured, it is believed that some can be managed. The combination of comprehensive treatment and carefully structured and monitored behavioral supervision may assist some sex offenders to develop internal controls for their behaviors.
  • Colorado utilizes the Containment Approach to manage sex offenders in the community. Sex offenders are never managed by an individual person. Rather they are managed by community supervision teams, consisting of supervising criminal justice officers (probation and parole officers and community corrections staff), polygraph examiners and treatment providers. Supervising officers set conditions for the offender, monitor their behavior and impose sanctions for infractions. Treatment providers gather information about the offender, assist with monitoring and administer a long-term comprehensive set of planned therapeutic interventions designed to change sexually abusive thoughts and behaviors. The polygraph examiner assists in gathering a full and accurate history of the offender's behavior and monitors current compliance with conditions and risk behaviors.
  • Sex offenders must waive confidentiality for evaluation, treatment, supervision and case management purposes. All members of the management team must have access to the same relevant information. Sex offenses are committed in secret, and all forms of secrecy potentially undermine the rehabilitation of sex offenders and threaten public safety. This approach has been identified through research to be the best way to manage adult convicted sex offenders in the community.
  • Successful containment, treatment and management of sex offenders is enhanced by the involvement of family, friends, employers, and others who have influence in sex offenders' lives, when these people are willing to support the conditions and requirements of the criminal justice system.
  • Assignment to community supervision is a privilege, and sex offenders must be completely accountable for their behaviors. Offenders must agree to intensive and sometimes intrusive accountability measures. These measures are designed to increase the likelihood that the offender can safely remain in the community rather than in prison. Offenders must learn to be accountable to maintain the privilege of remaining under community supervision.

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Personal Safety Tips

Please be aware that there are no perfect protection strategies. There is no way to predict all possible situations. These tips are intended to reduce, not eliminate, the risk of assault.

  • The primary responsibility for any sexual assault rests with the offender and not the victim. Unfortunately, you can take all reasonable measures to reduce your risk and still be assaulted.
  • Knowledge is power. Though many sex offenders are NOT known to law enforcement, you can educate yourself about those known offenders who reside in your community by contacting your local law enforcement agency.
  • Remember: Most sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows. A stranger does not pose the highest risk to you. 80-95% of sex offenders are known to their victims and include relatives, friends and authority figures. If you feel uncomfortable in someone's presence, trust your instincts. Take steps to distance yourself from him or her. Don't be afraid to make a scene if necessary. Many assault victims report that they were too polite. Tell someone!
  • Avoid high-risk situations. Be observant and aware of your surroundings. Avoid poorly lit areas where an attacker might hide. Identify safe people in your neighborhood that you or your children can go to if you need help. Be thoughtful and use good judgment in choosing your friends and partners. Be careful of your use of alcohol and drugs; you are more vulnerable to attack if you are intoxicated. Do not leave your food or drink unattended at a party or in a public place. Don't be embarrassed to use security staff at work or when shopping to walk you to your car. Do not pick up hitchhikers or stop to help a stranger in a stalled vehicle; use a phone in a safe location to call for help. Be cautious about making personal contact with those you meet on the Internet or in other similar environments.
  • Do not harass a known sex offender. Initiating contact with an SVP can increase the risk of you or your family being victimized or may drive the offender underground, placing others at greater risk.
  • For more detailed information on personal and family safety, go to: www.stopitnow.org.

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What Can I Tell My Children?

  • Avoid scary details. You know more than your children need to know. Use language that is honest and age-appropriate (e.g. "there are people who do bad things to children"). Include general information, as this may protect them from others who would try to harm them as well. If your children are likely to have contact with an SVP or other registered sex offenders, you should show your children the sex offender's photo. In a manner that does not incite panic, instruct your children to avoid all contact with the offender, even if the offender's offense of conviction does not involve an offense against a child. Instruct them to avoid being in the vicinity of the offender's residence or workplace. All sex offenders are prohibited from contact with children, and any contact should be reported to the supervising officer. Encourage your children to tell you if the sex offender initiates contact with them. Review the public safety materials with your children and encourage your children to tell you about any contact with an offender or any other person who makes them feel uncomfortable. It is important to teach your children about appropriate and inappropriate contact and to encourage regular discussion about their interactions with other people.
  • Teach your children: DON'T take rides from strangers; DON'T harass or visit any sex offender's home or yard; DO tell a safe adult if anyone acts inappropriately toward them (e.g. creepy, too friendly, threatening, offering gifts in a secret way, or touching them); DO RUN, SCREAM, and GET AWAY if someone is bothering them; DON'T keep secrets; DON'T assist strangers; DON'T go places alone; DO ask questions and DO talk about any uncomfortable feelings or interactions.
  • Make it a habit to LISTEN to your children and to believe them. If a child feels listened to and believed about small everyday things, they are more likely to share the big scary things with you. Be sensitive to changes in your child's behavior. Pay attention to your child's feelings and thoughts.
  • Role-play safety with your child. Act out scenarios of various dangerous situations and teach them how to respond (e.g. home alone & someone comes to the door; separated from Mom in the toy store & a man comes up to talk to them; or chatting on the Internet & they are asked for their home address).

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Adult Behavior That May Signal Sexual Interest in Children

Remember: Children are most often molested by someone they know, or whom the parent knows. Do you know an adult or child who...

  • Refuses to let a child set any of his or her own limits?
  • Insists on hugging, touching, kissing, tickling, wrestling with or holding a child even when the child does not want this affection?
  • Is overly interested in the sexuality of a particular child or teen (e.g., talks repeatedly about the child's developing body or interferes with normal teen dating)?
  • Manages to get time alone or insists on time alone with a child without interruptions?
  • Spends most of his/her spare time with children and has little interest in spending time with someone their own age?
  • Regularly offers to babysit many different children for free or takes children on overnight outings alone?
  • Buys children expensive gifts or gives them money for no apparent reason?
  • Frequently walks in on children/teens in the bathroom?
  • Allows children or teens to consistently get away with inappropriate behaviors?
  • Talks again and again about the sexual activities of children or teens?
  • Talks about sexual fantasies with children and is not clear about what's okay with children?
  • Encourages silence and secrets in a child?
  • Looks at child pornography?
  • Asks adult partners to dress or act like a child or teen during sexual activity?
  • Often has a "special" child friend, maybe a different one from year to year?
  • Spends most spare time on activities involving children or teens, not adults?
  • Makes fun of a child's body parts, calls a child sexual names such as "stud", "whore", or "slut"?
From: "Because There Is a Way to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse: Facts About Abuse and Those Who Might Commit It", Joan Tabachnick, Editor, Stop It Now!, Haydenville, MA, 1998.

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Behavioral and Physical Warning Signs That a Child Has Been Abused

Any one sign does not mean that the child was abused. Some of the behaviors below can show up during stressful times in a child's life, as well as when abuse occurs. If you see several of these signs in a child you know well, please begin to ask questions.

  • Nightmares, trouble sleeping, fear of the dark, or other sleeping problems.
  • Extreme fear of "monsters".
  • Spacing out at odd times.
  • Loss of appetite, or trouble eating or swallowing.
  • Sudden mood swings: rage, fear, anger, or withdrawl.
  • Fear of certain people or places. For example, a child may not want to be left alone with a baby-sitter, a friend, a relative, or some other child or adult; or a child who is usually talkative and cheery may become quiet and distant when around a certain person.
  • Stomach illness all of the time with no identifiable reason.
  • An older child behaving like a younger child, such as bed-wetting or thumb sucking.
  • Sexual activities with toys or other children, such as simulating sex with dolls or asking other children/siblings to behave sexually.
  • New words for private body parts.
  • Refusing to talk about a "secret" he or she has with an adult or older child.
  • Talking about a new older friend.
  • Suddenly having money.
  • Cutting or burning herself or himself as an adolescent.

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Physical Warning Signs include...

  • Unexplained bruises, redness, or bleeding of the child's genitals, anus, or mouth?
  • Pain at the genitals, anus, or mouth?
  • Genital sores or milky fluids in the genital area?

If you said "yes" to any of these examples, take your child to a doctor. Your doctor can help you understand what may be happening and test for sexually transmitted diseases.

From: "Because There Is a Way to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse: Facts About Abuse and Those Who Might Commit It", Joan Tabachnick, Editor, Stop It Now!, Haydenville, MA, 1998.

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Safety Tips from a Convicted Child Molester

  • Give quality love, time and attention to your child so that he or she won't look for it elsewhere.
  • Know the people who are involved with your child who are in a position of trust, even a relative or close friend.
  • Be aware of an adult or older child who spends a large amount of time with your child, or seems to be focused on your child.
  • Be aware if your child is avoiding a particular person that they used to be comfortable with.
  • Be aware of your child spending a lot of time with or talking about an adult or someone older who is not a parent or guardian.
  • If you suspect that your child has been abused, ask him or her in a caring, non-threatening way. Do not accuse.
  • Let your child know that he or she does not have to keep secrets. Many times shame will keep children silent.
  • Believe your child when he or she says there has been abuse, no matter who it is.
  • If you believe abuse is going on with your child, act on that belief.
From the Rocky Mountain News, October 8, 2000.

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