n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - A penological perspective on the treatment of child molesters in the prevention of recidivism




This article looks at child molesters, the profile of child molesters, aspects that contribute to them offending, the role of therapists and the treatment process. It illustrates the role of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) in the rehabilitation of child molesters. Data was collected by means of questionnaires and interviews with 20 respondents working as social workers within corrections. The general perception within the community is for these offenders to be locked up and for them not to reoffend when released. Although the Department of Correctional Services is responsible for and should play a vital role in the rehabilitation of child molesters, the community and other important stakeholders such as church leaders, teachers and social workers also need to help in this difficult process of change management among these sex offenders.


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