Addressing the victim/perpetrator dialectic: Treatment for sexually victimized sex offenders

Laurie L. Guidry (2000)

Adult male sex offenders often carry with them the legacy and sequelae of childhood sexual victimization. While the relationship between early abuse and later offending behavior is a complex and non-linear one, it seems important that adult sex offender-specific treatment address this dialectical dimension of a perpetrator's clinical presentation. The purpose of this project is two-fold: first, to identify the specialized treatment needs of adult sex offenders with histories of childhood sexual trauma, and second, to present a conceptualization for a group treatment model designed to augment adult cognitive-behavioral sex offender-specific treatment and facilitate recovery from the negative effects of childhood sexual abuse. The reconciliation of the victim/perpetrator dichotomy will serve as a central tenet of the treatment model.