Rape Treatment: An Overview of Current Knowledge

Thakker, Jo and Gannon, Theresa A. (2010) Rape Treatment: An Overview of Current Knowledge. Behaviour Change, 27 (4). pp. 227-250. ISSN 0813-4839. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1375/bech.27.4.227) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Sexual offending is frequently seen by the lay person as being a result of an innate abnormality that is relatively fixed and unchangeable. Accordingly, sexual offenders are seen as more likely to recidivate than other types of offenders. In fact, this is not the case, and most sexual offenders do not re-offend. Also, contemporary research has shown that treatment programs driven by cognitive behaviour therapy significantly reduce rates of sexual offender recidivism. Nevertheless, while there has been a great deal of research on the treatment of child sexual offenders, the treatment of rapists has received comparatively less attention. Thus, the main aim of this article is to summarise current knowledge of sexual offender treatment, paying specific attention to the needs of rapists. In particular, we pay attention to the content of sexual offender treatment programs, and the relevance of this content to rape. We also discuss therapeutic issues of relevance for rapist treatment that are typically ignored or underestimated in the research literature. Finally, based upon our analysis of the literature, we present a schematic overview of rape treatment and identify important areas for further research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: rape treatment; sexual offending; sexual aggression
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Theresa Gannon
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2013 12:36 UTC
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 16:59 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/35108 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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