FACT (Family and child treatment)

 

Adult transition

Adult Sex Offender Program

The underlying goal of the Adult Sex Offender Treatment program at Family and Child Treatment of Southern Nevada (FACT) is to stop the cycle of abuse and prevent future victimization of children by providing mental health services to the offender and holding them accountable for their crime. The vast majority of sex offenders are created, not born. The widely accepted “learning theory” holds that sexually abusive behavior in children is linked to many factors, including exposure to sexuality and/or violence, early childhood experiences (e.g., sexual victimization), exposure to child pornography and sexually explicit advertising, substance abuse, heightened arousal to children, and exposure to aggressive role models/family violence (Ryan & Lane, 1997). Statistics show that 40% of offenders who sexually assault children under the age of 6 were juveniles, under the age of 18. Nearly 70% of child sex offenders have between 1 and 9 victims; at least 20% have 10 to 40 victims. The victims of juvenile sex offenders are more likely to become sexual offenders themselves. Providing sex offenders with professional treatment has a network effect, ending the sexually violent behavior of the offender, which reduces the number of victims who will require future treatment, and who could potentially grow up to become offenders themselves.


Family and Child Treatment (FACT) provides adult sex offenders with comprehensive professional treatment to counteract their negative learned behavior and address underlying feelings. The cost of treatment is $35 per session. During this treatment, sexual offenders participate in weekly individual and group therapy sessions, monitored by a FACT psychologist and a Clark County Probation and Parole Officer, and are given polygraph tests to monitor compliance. Upon completing this treatment, sexual offenders are significantly less likely to re-offend with the end result being a reduction in child sexual abuse victims.


The FACT Sex Offender Program is located at a site separate from the victims programs to ensure safety for both victims and offenders. Juvenile sex offenders are eligible to begin the Adult Sex Offender program when they turn 18 years of age.

Jaycee Dugard Casehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kidnapping_of_Jaycee_Lee_Dugard

The story of Jaycee Dugard is certainly disturbing, but could her 18 year traumatic experience have been prevented or could she had been discovered sooner had Garrido been in a sex offender program like the one FACT offers?  We will never know, but if he had been in FACT’s sex offender program, he would have been in therapy once a week and it is possible that the therapist would have discovered something suspicious he might have mistakenly mentioned in therapy that she could have reported to his parole officer to launch an investigation.  Additionally, he may have failed a polygraph test through FACT’s sex offender program that may have launched an investigation.  The bottom line is that It is important that there are mechanisms in place that hold sex offenders accountable to prevent re-offending and in turn helping prevent future victims like the case of Jaycee Dugard.

Client Quotes:

"My experience has been very comfortable for me to open up about myself and my crime.  It has also been a knowledgable experience as far as how many people think, act and live their lives as well as how I used to be and how I am now.  I recommend it to anyone who needs it!" - Adult Transition Client

 

"My experience at FACT has been really helpful with my case.  It helped me realize why I did it.  It has also helped me with my life to make sure I do right and not wrong."  -Adult Transition Client