WHY CASTRATION WON'T WORK Many times, you will hear people say, "Why don't we just castrate all the sex offenders? That will do the job." But, in fact, it won't, for some very simple reasons. First, long-term studies have already shown that, in spite of all the media hype, most convicted sex offenders (up to 75% of them) do not re-offend. (Hanson, 1999). To castrate them is a waste of time. Secondly, most children are not molested by them. Most children are molested by someone they know and trust: like a friendly neighbor, down the street, or a school teacher, volunteer in some youth group or at the church. Often, unfortunately, by a relative in the family, be that an older brother, cousin, an inlaw or step-parent. Because none of them have been caught, we don't call them "sex offenders" and, as a result, 'castrating all the sex offenders' won't get them. They will still be left just as free as before. There is a better answer. Records now show that when convicted sex offenders are given exactly the kind of treatment and counseling in that is described in this book, re-offense rates are cut by 60%. (Alexander 1999). It is not terribly complicated. It isn't just a lot of theories. It is just simple, blunt honesty: making men face the reality of what they are doing, and how it is also wrecking their own lives, then training them in the steps it takes to stop doing so. That is what does it, right there. Here is the book that tells it all. In ten chapters, I relate how it happened that I became a child molester and got over it. That was almost 20 years ago now and I remain re-offense free, with no further convictions or arrests. The lessons from it that you can use to protect your children are given at the end of each chapter. If you follow them, your child will be safer than ever before. Steps that sex offenders can take to earn their way back into the community and a prescription for the healing of America conclude the work. The readers' resources section includes a listing of further books, journals, websites, referral agencies and self-recovery organizations that may also be of use to those who want more information. Fully indexed, the book will be a useful guide in all future child sex abuse trials. If you have any questions, write me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jake Goldenflame went to prison as a sex offender twenty-five years ago and now goes back into prisons to help reform others. He has supported Megan's Law, assisted victims groups and spoken before staff of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, a chapter of the federal bar and an international conference. He is covered widely by the media, both in the United States and abroad, having also been heard or seen in Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada. In the almost-twenty years since he has been back in the community, he has never been convicted or formally accused of any further sexual misconduct. In 2007, after a twenty-year separation, the daughter he sexually abused offered him a meeting and he gave her his apology. Jake now serves Personhood Development Center of California, a nonprofit tax-exempt public charity run by several former victims and survivors of sexual abuse to provide indigent housing and supportive counseling to sex offenders on parole. He may be reached through its website at: www.personhooddevelopmentcenter.org.