Sex offenses in Texas, especially those committed against children, result in serious legal penalties. The psychological treatment of sex offenders is controversial, as these individuals, primarily adult males, will eventually return to the community. Many don’t acknowledge that they have a psychological problem, yet treating, managing and supervising them is essential.
What is paraphilia?
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) describes paraphilia as a set of sex offenses involving sexually arousing fantasies, urges, or behaviors that are intense and recurrent, occurring over at least six months. Psychologists have little consensus on what normal sexual behavior is, but paraphilia is diagnosed almost exclusively in men.
Most states, including Texas, recommended cognitive behavior treatment to reduce the reoccurrence of sex crimes when these individuals return to their communities. Texas’ program requires offenders to receive treatment within 18 months of their release from jail. The program uses a cognitive-behavioral model for a year-and-a-half of intense individualized treatment in a therapeutic community environment. Components include anger/stress management and methods to alter the offender’s thinking patterns. Psychologists have no clear-cut answers regarding what method of therapy will produce the best results.
Mounting a successful defense
If you are convicted of a sex offense, that conviction will follow you for the rest of your life. You will become subject to predator notification laws, restrictions on the types of jobs you can hold, and much more. Mounting a vigorous defense against the charge is essential for your freedom and well-being.
Various defenses are often successful against sexual assault charges. These include mutual consent, insufficient evidence, proof of innocence and false accusations. Refraining from speaking with the police can also help your case, as sometimes what you say can incriminate you.