Sexual crime

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Sexual offending has assumed great importance in public consciousness as a result of high profile cases, so the management of such offenders places a significant burden on those who are responsible for their care.An important advance would be to recognize the heterogenous nature the behaviour of offenders, and to separate, for instance, child molesters from rapists. The likelihood of post imprisonment of those considered at high risk of reoffending necessitates that treatment should be pursued enthusiastically. However, given that current treatment effects are at best modest, that the predictive validity of risk assessments is poor, and that the risk of sexual reoffending is long-term, continuity of contact appears to be the best way to reduce further sexual crime. Curr Opin Psychiatry 11:663-667.

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