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The historical development of treatment for adolescent sex offenders

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 145

Anna Grant
ISBN 0 642 24146 5 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, February 2000


Adolescents who commit sex offences are not always prosecuted, nor necessarily treated. Research has demonstrated that many patterns of sexual offending often begin in adolescence, and, in some cases, show a progression to more serious sexual assaults as adults. This paper examines approaches to treatment and shows how different approaches can prevent further offending by identified offenders.