Information on Juvenile Sex Offenders (JSOs)
At Focus Counseling, we have Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Providers (LSOTPs) trained specifically and extensively to work with adjudicated sex offenders, sexually abusive youth, and sexually reactive children.
Adjudication is the court procedure in which the judge determines if the juvenile committed the sexual act for which he or she is charged. The term "adjudicated" is interchangeable with "convicted" and signifies that the court decided the juvenile committed the act.
Occasionally, the court does not give a final judgment regarding the case. The youth is put on probation without an final judgement of guilt. If the youth complies with the given treatment mandates, the case may be dismissed. However; this depends on the law of the particular county or state.
Sexually acting out refers to children who engage in sexual behaviors that are not ordinary for their age, are hurtful to others, or that elicit adult concern. Sexually acting out also refers to sexual behaviors that result from trauma, anxiety or abuse of the child.
Sexually acting out may include:
- Sexual language (i.e. direct and inadvertent statements)
- Increased sexual exploration
- Excessive masturbation (often in public)
- Inappropriate physical boundaries
- Intense preoccupation with sexual matters
- Sexual aggression towards other children, adults or animals
Sexual aggressiveness is a form of sexually acting out that includes coercive, forceful and/or manipulative sexual behavior towards others. Every act of sexualized behavior has the potential for increasing the likelihood of future acts.
Other terms used to describe these behaviors include sexually reactive, perpetrators, sexually aggressive, and sexualized children.
Sexually reactive children are usually under the age of 12 and have been exposed to or been involved in inappropriate sexual activities, sexual behaviors, or relationships and have begun to engage in or initiate sexual or sexualized behaviors, or relationships.
Red flags for inappropriate sexual behavior for children under the age of 12:
- Preoccupation with sexual play
- exual activity with much younger or much older
- Age inappropriate sexual knowledge
- Sexual play that makes other children uncomfortable
- Making relationships sexual
- Engaging in adult like sexual acts
- Using bribery, threats or force to engage other children in sexual play
Research indicates that juveniles who sexually offend are a varied population with complicated treatment needs; however, it has been shown that juveniles respond quite favorably to treatment with a very low rate of reoffending.
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Parent support group
- Parenting classes
- Educational sessions on sexually appropriate behaviors
- Court appearances/testifying
Council on Sex Offender Treatment http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/csot/
National Adolescent Perpetration Network http://www.kempe.org/napn
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers http://www.atsa.com