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#197344 - 12/31/07 08:33 AM Your Opinions Please, May Trigger
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edited out. thanks.



Edited by FWMB (01/02/08 09:29 PM)

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#197346 - 12/31/07 08:40 AM Re: Your Opinions Please, May Trigger [Re: FWMB]
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i guess my question to you is why i matters if your son's perp was also a vicitim himself? a lot of the time people who sexually abuse other people were at one time a victim. (im sure some of the other guys here can pull numbers out on the stats.)

are you trying to wrap your brain around it in search of forgiveness? and by knowing he was also abuse it would help in that process? if he was abused and there are no records of it, i don't think there is a check mark list to identify a victim. i think the only way for you to find that out is if he tells you.

but i could be wrong.


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#197349 - 12/31/07 09:10 AM Re: Your Opinions Please, May Trigger *DELETED* [Re: Jarrad]
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#197351 - 12/31/07 09:18 AM Re: Your Opinions Please, May Trigger [Re: Jarrad]
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I've evaluated and treated juvenile offenders for nearly 30 years. The statement of a psychiatrist (or any professional) to say that someone would NOT offend is a bit out out there. The risk assessment measures do not say "never" or "none" when it comes to measuring risk. It may turn out years later that the kid was a one-time offender, but one would not know or predict it at this point.

Aside from getting your son the help he needs with a competent and experienced therapist, concerns about the abuser might be:
a) has he been charged or is directed into therapy with some external leverage? (probation, child protective services court order, etc)

b) if so, is he being evaluated by a specialist? (doesn't matter if the person is a psychiatrist, psychologist, or clinical social worker-- the key is in the person's training and experience)

c) what risk assessment measure was used to determine the level of risk? with juveniles, most popular measures are JSOAP-II and the ERASOR evaluation tools. If he was evaluated by just a clinical interview or regular psychological testing (these do not objectively measure risk as the aforementioned tools do), it was not the best way to evalutate such a youth.

Most importantly is to get the help for your son. Belief and support by key family members are vital for the victim to heal.

If you want to pm me with your location, I may be able to recommend someone for your son or to talk with about the abuser.

Ken
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#197357 - 12/31/07 09:48 AM Re: Your Opinions Please, May Trigger [Re: FWMB]
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FWMB

I too was a victim of older boys (4 years older). It went on for many years. They knew it was wrong, yet they continued because they knew they had NO chance of getting caught, and even if they did get caught, it would have been my fault (long story for another time).

What I know about boy-offenders is rather deep and personal. I can tell you that their evil ways can be driven by multiple sources. Of my four perps, one had an abusive father (I think). ALL four were brainwashed into a mode of entitilement by an overly agressive small-town sports program infrastructure. That is, the school, coaches, their fathers and the excessive public praise made them into perfect machines for abusing others. They were Jr. Gladiators of the town...destined for greatness.

I was a weak, small kid who had no back-up in life. So through the natural order of animal behaviour, I became their prey.

The fact that court system (in your son's case) has failed to protect society is evidence that the justice system in this country is cowardly. They know this little perv will offend again. We ALL know he will. Its destined to happen.

What can you do? Legally...nothing! Covertly, something (anonymous letters to the employer, school, etc). Criminally, you can end it for good.

Unfortunately for you, you live with this knowledge that its gonna happen again. Yet your hands are leaglly tied. You stand to lose everything if you act effectively. Maybe a bus or car sliding on ice will remove this probelm from our earth for us.

But you've got your own severely injured boy to save. I say focus on him...not this evil creep.

DISCLAIMER: Rob Brown, The MS site and its members in no way advocate crimnal behaviour or violence against anyone at any time.



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#197378 - 12/31/07 11:42 AM Re: Your Opinions Please, May Trigger *DELETED* [Re: Still]
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#197390 - 12/31/07 12:34 PM Re: Your Opinions Please, May Trigger [Re: FWMB]
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Originally Posted By: FWMB
Our son continues to be quite verbal and quite determined this will not happen to others, and we remain deeply committed to loving him and helping him with every tool we can find, and all that we can learn.


That's the best thing I've heard in a long time. You are great parents! He's quite a little guy too!

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#197402 - 12/31/07 01:56 PM Re: Your Opinions Please, May Trigger [Re: FWMB]
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Hello, and welcome to the forum.

I agree with what has already been said and will add one more thing -

One need only look at the lifelong effects of the abuse, even with a juvenile offender, to see that there must be intervention. My brother was abused by a neighbor child who was only a couple years older than him, but the effects have been lasting and devastating.

I'm very sorry to hear that your son has been hurt this way, but I am glad to hear that you are aware of it and that your son and the offender can both get the help they need.

My brother was abused in the past and went on to become an offender. If he had been in a climate in which he could tell someone about his abuse sooner, perhaps he could have gotten the help he so desperately needed. This is not, of course, to imply that all survivors become offenders (The Vampaire Bite Theory).

It is my opinion that the offender requires treatment and that there is no way that the psychiatrist can predict that he will not offend again. He seems like a very damaged, confused teenager and needs help.

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#197413 - 12/31/07 03:49 PM Re: Your Opinions Please, May Trigger [Re: evanescentjoy]
Ken Singer, LCSW Offline
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Couple of points....

Robbie wrote:
"The fact that court system (in your son's case) has failed to protect society is evidence that the justice system in this country is cowardly. They know this little perv will offend again. We ALL know he will. Its destined to happen."

Without knowing the details of this case, it is difficult to predict future behaviors. However, having worked with thousands of juveniles who committed sexual offenses, a very small handful have been reported to re-offend as juveniles, and occasionally I get reports of a couple of them over the years, now adults, having been arrested for a new sexual offense. Suffice to say (obviously we don't know about the ones who don't get caught), my experience is that the vast majority who get sex offense-specific treatment DON'T go on to re-offend.

From F's de>

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#197417 - 12/31/07 04:19 PM Re: Your Opinions Please, May Trigger [Re: Ken Singer, LCSW]
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Sorry if I'm over-stating juvenile recidivism Ken. Based upon my experience, they keep on going as long as they can get away with it.

Reading between the lines of FW's de>


Edited by Robbie Brown (12/31/07 04:28 PM)
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