We now have added "Informational Posts" which are tidbits of topical information that may come in handy at some point.
Right now they are mostly about Treatment Costs.

8 Things Everyone Should Know About Sexual Abuse & Sexual Offenders

June 2014:

Sexual abuse is a pervasive yet preventable worldwide problem that impacts everyone - individuals, communities, institutions, and society as a whole.

Education is essential in the prevention of sexual abuse, but educational efforts are often impaired by the numerous myths and misconceptions that abound about sexual abuse and those who perpetrate sexual abuse.

The questions and answers below are designed to provide up to date information about sexual abuse and those who perpetrate sexually abusive behaviors.

1. What is sexual abuse?
Sexual abuse is a broad term ...continued...

Sexting and Sexual Behavior Among Middle School Students

June 2014:

OBJECTIVE: It is unknown if “sexting” (ie, sending/receiving sexually explicit cell phone text or picture messages) is associated with sexual activity and sexual risk behavior among early adolescents, as has been found for high school students. To date, no published data have examined these relationships exclusively among a probability sample of middle school students.

METHODS: A probability sample of 1285 students was collected alongside the 2012 Youth Risk Behavior Survey in Los Angeles middle schools. Logistic regressions assessed the correlates of sexting behavior and associations between sexting and sexual activity and risk behavior (ie, unprotected sex).

RESULTS: Twenty percent of students with text-capable cell phone access reported receiving a sext and 5% reported sending a sext. Students who text at least 100 times per day were more likely to report both receiving (odds ratio [OR]: 2.4) and sending (OR: 4.5) sexts and to be sexually active (OR: 4.1). Students who sent sexts (OR: 3.2) and students who received sexts (OR: 7.0) were more likely to report sexual activity. Compared with not being sexually active, excessive texting and receiving sexts were associated with both unprotected sex (ORs: 4.7 and 12.1, respectively) and with condom use (ORs: 3.7 and 5.5, respectively).

CONCLUSIONS: Because early sexual debut is correlated with higher rates of sexually transmitted infections and teen pregnancies, pediatricians should discuss sexting with young adolescents because this may facilitate conversations about sexually transmitted infection and pregnancy prevention. Sexting and associated risks should be considered for inclusion in middle school sex education curricula. ..Source.. by Eric Rice, PhD and Jeremy Gibbs, MSW and Hailey Winetrobe, MPH and Harmony Rhoades, PhD and Aaron Plant, MPH and Jorge Montoya, PhD and Timothy Kordic, MA

Dangerous Diagnoses, Risky Assumptions, and the Failed Experiment of 'Sexually Violent Predator' Commitment

June 2014:

In the 1997 opinion, Kansas v. Hendricks, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a law that presented a new model of civil commitment. The targets of these new commitment laws were dubbed “Sexually Violent Predators,” and the Court upheld this form of indefinite detention on the assumption that there is a psychiatrically distinct class of individuals who, unlike typical recidivists, have a mental condition that impairs their ability to refrain from violent sexual behavior.

And, more specifically, the Court assumed that the justice system could reliably identify the true “predators,” those for whom this unusual and extraordinary deprivation of liberty is appropriate and legitimate, with the aid of testimony from mental health professionals. This Article evaluates the extent to which those assumptions were correct and concludes that they were seriously flawed and, therefore, the due process rationale used to uphold the SVP laws is invalid.

The category of the “Sexually Violent Predator” is a political and moral construct, not a medical classification. The implementation of the laws has resulted in dangerous distortions of both psychiatric expertise and important legal principles, and such distortions reveal an urgent need to re-examine the Supreme Court’s core rationale in upholding the SVP commitment experiment. ..Source.. by Deirdre M. Smith, University of Maine School of Law

Drones as the New Peeping Toms?

6-26-2014 National:

Have you noticed drones in your neighborhood? One Seattle woman recently found a drone hovering outside of her apartment.

Seattle police are investigating that woman’s report of a drone peeping into her apartment window. Police were called to the downtown Seattle apartment complex on a Sunday in June after she spied an unmanned aerial vehicle (referred to colloquially as a “drone”) hovering outside her building. The woman said she was concerned the drone was looking into her apartment while she was not fully dressed. She did take a photo of the drone as it lurked around her bedroom.

After calling police, an employee in her building went outside and saw two men piloting the drone. They then packed up their gear, which included a video camera, and drove away before police arrived. As it turned out, it was a false alarm. Joe Vaughn, the business owner of Portland-based Skyris imaging, has apologized to the resident and explained that it wasn’t peeping into her home. Vaughn said he called the Seattle Police Department when he saw the media kerfuffle about his drone. He notes that the drone was used to shoot a video for a developer who is building a 20-story office tower and needed a “view” study.

But the incident raises the question: can other people use drones to spy on us, potentially for nefarious reasons?

Drones and what role they should play in society (if any) have been a hot topic in Seattle and around the country for some time. Last year, former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn ordered the Seattle Police Department to cease the use of surveillance drones to monitor protests and other public events after privacy groups expressed outrage. Public debate has centered around on the government’s use of drones for surveillance and whether this violates a Fourth Amendment right to be free from government spying.

Adverse Childhood Experiences in the Lives of Male Sex Offenders: Implications for Trauma-Informed Care.

June 2014:


This study explored the prevalence of childhood trauma in a sample of male sexual offenders (N = 679) using the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) scale. Compared with males in the general population, sex offenders had more than 3 times the odds of child sexual abuse (CSA), nearly twice the odds of physical abuse, 13 times the odds of verbal abuse, and more than 4 times the odds of emotional neglect and coming from a broken home. Less than 16% endorsed zero ACEs and nearly half endorsed four or more.

Multiple maltreatments often co-occurred with other types of household dysfunction, suggesting that many sex offenders were raised within a disordered social environment. Higher ACE scores were associated with higher risk scores. By enhancing our understanding of the frequency and correlates of early adverse experiences, we can better devise trauma-informed interventions that respond to the clinical needs of sex offender clients. ..Source.. by Levenson,JS -and- Willis,GM -and- Prescott,DS