SAA Tradition # 10: "Sex Addicts Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the SAA name ought never be drawn into public controversy."
Sex Addict: One who suffers from an Intimacy Disorder that displays itself in a sexual way. This might include multiple affairs, pornography, abitual masterbation, inappropriate sexual contact with minors. Although about 7% of pedophiles are also sex addicts, their condition is very different from someone with an Intimacy disorder.
Sex Offender: This person may be an addict or not. They have broken the law in some way. Some of these laws are very benine while others can be quite horiffic. Public urination, exhibitionism and inappropriate toughing through clothing all all Level One felonies. At the other end of the spectrum are the pedophiles who are dangerous individuals who are far different than others in this category.
Pedophile: This person is rarely an addict. Their illness is that they can only be sexual with a child and they actively persue relationships with children through grooming, abduction and worse. Most clinitians agree they cannot be "cured" and will always be a danger to society.
SEX CRIME, OFFENDERS, AND SOCIETY: A CRITICAL LOOK AT SEXUAL OFFENDING AND POLICY by Christina Mancini.
SEX OFFENDER LAYS, FAILED POLICIES, NEW DIRECTIONS, Richard Wright, Editor.
PROTECTING OUR KIDS?: HOW SEX OFFENDER LAWS ARE FAILING US, Emily Horowitz Ph.D.
UNPRECEDENTED - HOW SEX OFFENDER LAWS ARE IMPACTING OUR NATION: by J.B. Haralson & J.R. Cordeiro.
HOW SEX OFFENDER REGISTRIES FAIL US. This is one of those "don't confuse me with the facts type of video. Focuses mostly on juvenile offenders. "Someone on the registry is like a leper".
Catherine Carpenter: "Sexual Offense Laws and Constitutionality" Attorney explains why she "hates Sex Offender Laws.
Robert Worley. Deconstructing the Utilization of the Registered Sex Offender Registries. A historical look at the registries and his extensive study.Catherine Carpenter:
The Female Pedophile. Esmond Eshman talks about a taboo topic. Can women be pedophiles?
JUDITH LEVINE ON MISGUIDED SEX OFFENDER LAWS: Author & researcher gives excellent conference about he registries. Unfortunately, part of the conference was lost due to technical issues. "Laws are uniquely harsh..."
AN OVERVIEW OF SEX OFFENDER TREATMENT: Pennie Farrell talks about the Containment Model which is used in West Virginia.
AFFECTS OF SEX OFFENDER LAWS. A slide show worth watching. Quality is lacking on some slides so stop the action and focus on the research given in the early part of the presentation. Click Here
SEX OFFENDER LAWS DON'T WORK. Although some crimes committed by sex offenders are heinous, strict laws that do not distinguish among the different types of crimes committed continue to punish those who have paid their debt to society. TV News interview.
THE GROOMING PROCESS. Grooming is often used by addicts or offenders to make inroads into the thoughts and feelings of their victums.
WHAT IS GROOMING AND HOW DO CHILD MOLESTER GROOM CHILDREN? Paul Mones. Although this is focused more on the serial molester, the princalpes apply to most offenders and addicts as well.
WHAT ARE THE WARNING SIGNS OF A CHILD MOLESTER? Paul Mones
One could make the case that Sex Offenders and the Sex Offender registry is an outside cause and therefore SAA should not concern itself with it. However, Many of those who attend SAA meetings are registered sex offenders or will be soon. For this reason, we offer the following resources for information and education.
Sex Offender Mythbusters Conference Presentation by Derek W. Logue
YouTube Videos about Sex Offenders and the Sex Offender Registry:
"Anything you put before your recovery, you will lose."
Books about Sex Offenders and the Sex Offender Registry:
Many states break sex offenders into three groups. They are:
Level One Sex Offender: Low Risk. Guilty of voyeurism, watching child pornography, inappropriate touching and lesser crimes such as public exposure, urinating in public, etc.
Level Two Sex Offender: Medium Risk. Making or distributing child pornography. Sex with a minor (usually a family member).
Level Three Sex Offender: High Risk. Pedophile. Very dangerous. Rape, Abduction, even murder.
Websites about Sex Offenders and the Sex Offender Registry:
ONCE FALLEN. A website about Sex Offenders and especially debunking the myths about sex offender registries. A wonderful resource. Click Here
SEX OFFENDER INFORMATION STATION website sponsored by Pennie Farrell.
SEX OFFENDER' IN GAUM TO GET CHEMICAL CASTRATION, Newsweek.
Some Terms You Need to Know: