“Most sexual assaults are committed by strangers.” FACT: Most sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim or the victim’s family, regardless of whether the victim is a child or an adult.
“The majority of sexual offenders are caught, convicted, and in prison.” FACT: Only a fraction of those who commit sexual assault are apprehended and convicted for their crimes. Most convicted sex offenders eventually are released to the community under probation or parole supervision.
“Youths do not commit sex offenses.” FACT: Adolescents are responsible for a significant number of rape and child molestation cases each year.
MYTH: “Juvenile sex offenders typically are victims of child sexual abuse and grow up to be adult sex offenders.” FACT:
Multiple factors, not just sexual victimization as a child, are associated with the development of sexually offending behavior in youth.
MYTH: “Treatment for sex offenders is ineffective.” FACT: Treatment programs can contribute to community safety because those who attend and cooperate with program conditions are less likely to re-offend than those who reject intervention.
MYTH: “Most sex offenders re-offend.” FACT:
Recidivism rates are lower for sex offenders than for the general offender population. Re-offense rates vary among different types
of sex offenders and are related to specific characteristics of the offender and the offense.
*“Myths and Facts about Sex Offenders,”Center for Sex Offender Management, www.csom.org