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MDT Workshop | Sex Offenders: Responding to Crimes Against Children; Cory Jewell Jensen, M.S. CCSOT

Friday, November 17, 2017
8:30 am5:00 pm
MDT Workshop | Sex Offenders:  Responding to Crimes Against Children; Cory Jewell Jensen, M.S. CCSOT

Sex Offenders: What Judges, Lawyers, Investigators & Child Advocates Should Know
Sex crime investigators, criminal justice professionals, probation officers, child welfare workers and child advocates should be familiar the various theories about the etiology of pedophilia, the development of pro-offending attitudes, and the more typical patterns of sexual offending committed by both juvenile and adult sex offenders. This presentation will highlight (via video taped interviews with various sex offenders) some of the more common pathways to developing deviant sexual interests and criminal sexual behavior patterns. In addition, the presenter will review various studies that examined the number of detected vs. undetected offenses occurring in our communities, the true rate of false allegations and the average degree of “cross-over” or “crime switching” behavior sex offenders engage in that go undetected. The misconceptions about “re-offense” and “recidivism” rates and the expected outcomes for sex offender treatment will also be reviewed.

Selection, Engagement and Seduction of Children and Adults by Child Molesters
Participants will examine (via film clips of interviews with various types of sex offenders) some of the specific strategies offenders report using to target, seduce and exploit children and adults. Information was collected from approximately 1,600 sex offenders who were involved in long-term, court mandated sex offender treatment. Topics include offender descriptions of “grooming” tactics (how and why they: targeted certain children, families and youth serving agencies, seduced child victims and adult caretakers, and inhibited disclosure, detection and reporting. A variety of video clips, research studies and anecdotal interview data from numerous sex offenders will be utilized to illustrate each stage of grooming behavior

Protecting our Children: “Advice From Child Molesters”
Participants will have an opportunity to review Oregon’s grassroots prevention project - “Protecting our Children: Advice From Child Molesters.” Initially developed by two veteran sex offender treatment providers, “PYC” has grown into a multi-state, multi-disciplinary child abuse prevention campaign. The project was designed to educate parents, youth service staff, educators, community volunteers and the faith community about child sexual abuse, offender behavior, risk management and effective prevention strategies. The workshop will challenge public misperceptions about children’s ability to protect themselves and promote the idea that all adults must be informed and take an active role in promoting child safety. Information about offender grooming behavior, internet crimes, victim advocacy, reporting, sexual behavior between children and talking to children about child sexual abuse are covered. The workshop also highlights potential project benefits such as jury education and early intervention with potential offenders are expected.

What Sex Offenders Can Teach Us About Interviewing
This presentation examines the relationship between confession rates and sex offender characteristics (i.e. offender age, relationship to victim, personality type, offense history and prior experience with the criminal justice system). In addition, several studies that investigated the effectiveness of various interviewer styles (investigator demeanor and approach) will be reviewed. Lastly, the presenter will provide anecdotal comments (from 121 admitting adult male sex offenders) related to the thoughts and concerns they had while they were initially being interviewed by detectives. Comments focus on the reason they declined to be interviewed, lied about their sexual crimes, or confessed. Video clips will be used to illustrate some of the specific skills used by police to enable offenders to confess, along with recommendations for specific interview comment/questions from 26 veteran child abuse detectives from 10 law enforcement agencies.

Approved for 6.75 CLE’s.
Waiting on approval for MCLE’s.

To register e-mail Christy Prang christy@smallvoices.org, or call 402-476-3200.