n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Rehabilitation of adult sexual offenders : a management programme

Volume 21, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The sentences imposed on many first-time sexual offenders in South Africa involve a variety of correctional services. These correctional services may be related to a period of house arrest, community service or attending of treatment programmes. Sexual offenders who are released on parole are required to attend a compulsory treatment programme. The study reported on in this article is an investigation aimed at providing a rationale for the establishment of an adult sexual offender management programme. The investigation concluded that during the management programme offenders were assisted to understand the risks associated with their behaviour and identified factors that led to the actual offence. Offenders were also sensitised to the effect of their actions on their victims. In addition, offenders were often forced to confront their own unresolved trauma within the group. While the primary focus is on relapse prevention, the overall aim of the offender management programme is to prevent the occurrence of further sexual offences. The programme further aims to address the gap in services that are available to adult sexual offenders. The programme was presented over a period of three consecutive years in a local correctional services agency. Challenges and recommendations are also discussed in the article.

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