Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Comrade Hoski Has Got A Newish High-Flying Position

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12:01AM GMT 28 Jan 2015

Sex therapy in prisons does not stop rapists reoffending, warns expert

"David Ho, a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, said there was no evidence to show that therapy prevented further offending."

Last updated: Today at 12am PST 

Sexual offending treatment programmes in prisons and hospitals are ineffective 

"The majority of offenders released back into society still pose the same level of risk as they did before the treatment programme, and this fails victims and the public, he argues.

"Professional pride or political embarrassment cannot justify persisting with a programme that leaves the public at risk of further sex offending," he adds.

He calls on doctors to take responsibility for the treatment of sexual offenders.

Rehabilitation could involve mandatory detention in mental health hospitals under the Mental Health Act 1983 and only proven treatments should be used to rehabilitate offenders effectively, he argues. Treatments must be supported through robust research to demonstrate efficacy, which the current treatment programme clearly lacks, he adds."

Jan 27, 2015 10:38 PM EST 

Sex Therapy In Prison Does Not Deter [sic] Some Offenders 

"New research on sex offenders in prison shows that since 1991, sexual offenders in prisons and psychiatric hospitals are not benefiting from treatment."

Published 27 January 2015 

Ineffective treatment of sex offenders fails victims

"Sexual offending therefore consists of a heterogeneous group of acts, which may not include but are likely to include at least some elements of paraphilia.

Considering this heterogeneity, the question of whether sex offending is even a disorder in need of treatment is another debate. And the reality is that society and policy makers look to doctors for answers."


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