MnATSA members have specialized knowledge about sexual offending. We stand ready to serve as resources to policy makers who are considering legislation addressing the costs (both financial and human) of sexual violence.
Through research, education, and shared learning MnATSA and its parent organization,ATSA, promote evidence-based practice, public policy, and community strategies that lead to the effective assessment, treatment, and management of individuals who have sexually abused or are at risk to sexually abuse.
There are many factors that contribute to the efficacy of treatment for sex offenders, but it is important to understand that ‘sex offenders’ are a highly diverse group of people (mostly men) who have sexually offended in a variety of ways. Rather than asking whether treatment is effective, perhaps the better questions are what kind of treatment is indicated? Or perhaps how much treatment is enough? But when people ask, “Is sex offender treatment effective,” what they typically want to know is, “Does treatment ‘work’?”
Residency or zone restrictions for individuals with sexual offences have become increasingly popular in recent years, but such restrictions tend to be rooted in fear and anger, rather than informed public policy. “There is no research to support residence restrictions as effective in reducing sexual recidivism.”1 The Minnesota Department of Corrections concluded in one study that, “during the past 16 years, not one sex offender released from a MCF (Minnesota Correctional Facility) has been re- incarcerated for a sex offense in which he made contact with a juvenile victim near a school, park, or daycare center close to his home.”2