Lots of myths persist about sex offenders. Some are meant to scare people while others are downright wrong. Although a certain stigma is attached to sex offenders, it’s also important to consider that they might have already been reformed. Here are a few common myths about sex offenders.
Myth: Sex offenders will never stop.
This is one of the biggest fears of society. However, according to a study of almost 10,000 offenders, only a little more than 5 percent were arrested again for the same or a similar offense. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, less than 70 percent of all other types of criminals are arrested again within five years. For sex offenders, only as much as 13 percent return to prison.
Myth: The treatment sex offenders receive is never effective.
This is another myth that condemns sex offenders to a life of obscurity. Studies show that treatment decreases recidivism by almost 40 percent and reduces re-arrest by almost 60 percent. In recent years, the reduction of re-arrest rates was as high as 90 percent.
Myth: Strangers pose the biggest threat to children.
Recent studies show that less than 10 percent of sex crimes against children were committed by strangers. That means 9 out of every 10 people who commit such crimes are people who know the victims. In fact, some studies show an even more disturbing trend. Most perpetrators are either family members, or guardians, or some parental substitute.