Social Reconstruction of Sexual Convicts: A Therapeutic Proposal for the Establishment of a Sexual Crimes Court in Puerto Rico (Reconstrucción Social Del Convicto Por Delitos Sexuales: Una Propuesta Terapéutica Para Establecer en Puerto Rico Una Corte De Delitos Sexuales)
La Catarsis de Quirón, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2004
24 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2011
Date Written: 2004
The evolution of legislation on sexual crimes shows that only two approaches have been used to address this issue: the medical and criminal approach. These approaches, however, have proven to be ineffective when used independently or jointly to resolve the problem of sex offenses. The failure of these approaches is not a coincidence. It is the direct effect of the social construction of sex offenders. Today, society promulgates the myth that once a sex offender always a sex offender, which means that these individuals are innately incapable of changing their behavior. This construct generates feelings of rejection, fear and discrimination toward sex offenders. These social feelings are incorporated into the law, precluding the government from dealing with the problem itself. However, as history demonstrates the social construction of sex offenders is a mutable concept. Thus, this paper argues that the best approach to address the issue of sex offenses is to engage in a therapeutic approach that departs from the understanding that is necessary to reconstruct the social perceptions of sex offenders. To do so, this article proposes the creation of a Sexual Offenses Court that takes as its starting point the sex offenders rather that the victims and that utilizes a negotiation approach that will help the victim cope with the events and will prevent offenders from relapsing.
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Keywords: sex offenders, therapeutic jurisprudence
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