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Sex offenders are some of the most feared and despised offenders in the criminal justice system, yet they are also some of the least understood. Due to the nature of the crimes that sexual offenders commit and the media saturation that can be related to these crimes, American culture has been considerably affected by Megan's Law, community notification rights for sex offenders, and beliefs about sex offender incarceration. Media depictions of the "worst of the worst" sex offenders put all types of sex offenders under one overarching label. Sex offenders, as a forensic population, actually are quite heterogeneous and there are substantial differences among the types of sex offenders. However, because of media representations and generalizations, it is not apparent in popular discourse how sex offender types differ. Additionally, because of these differences among types of sex offenders, treatment approaches and outcomes differ, too. Power rapists, date rapists, hebephiles, pedophiles, incest offenders, exhibitionists, regressed pedophiles, and sexually abusive individuals are all very different from one another and require different treatment approaches.

When it comes to treatment approaches and outcomes, it is imperative to understand the individual offender as well as the type of sexual deviance. For example, the power rapist who chooses unknown victims usually presents with predatory behavior, which may complicate treatment approaches. Each offender's offense history and psychology must be evaluated and considered when selecting a treatment approach and ensuing outcome.

• Review the website Center for Sex Offender Management: Subtypes and Typologies. Consider similarities and differences among the types of sex offenders

description of the two types of sex offenders you selected and explain at least two similarities and two differences between these two types of sex offenders. Then explain one challenge related to the treatment of each type of sex offender.

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Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The Solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are asking for help in putting together a discussion of a 2 particular types of sexual offending. I suggest making it simple (since you are drawing from one source) using this outline:

1. About sexual offending - 50 words
2. SO 1 - 100 words
3. SO 2 - 100 words
3. Similarities, differences and challenges - 100 words

This should give you 350 words which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. You can also use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies and thank you for using Brainmass.

Sexual Offenders/Sexual Offending

What constitutes a sexual offense differs from country to country, state to state. In the state of Massachusetts, a sexual offender (Mass.gov, 2015) is an individual who, "has been convicted of a sex offense, or who has been adjudicated as a youthful offender or as a delinquent juvenile by reason of a sex offense, or a person released from incarceration or parole or probation supervision or custody with the department of youth services for such a conviction or adjudication, or a person who has been adjudicated a sexually dangerous person or a person released from civil commitment." Across the US, sexual offenders are 'graded' according to their level of offense where 1 is mild and 3 is rated highly dangerous. Sexual offenders include rapists, molesters, date rapists, ...

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