TN Sex Offender Treatment: A Conflict of Interest

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When TN registrants are court mandated to attend sex offender therapy, you would assume that therapy is being delievered by a professional, unbiased counselor or therapist.

But, no, if you read the “Philosophy of Sex Offender Treatment” put out by the TN Sex Offender Treatment Board, this isn’t the case at all.

The “Philosophy” of the TN Sex Offender Treatment Board clearly states  “we are victim advocates, not offender advocates”.

Isn’t that a tad bit biased when you are treating “paying” sex offenders? Isn’t that a conflict of interest?

Reading through the whole philosophy was an unbelievable head-trip thru antiquated and draconian thinking and I can help but wonder when was the last time theses folks read any current literature on the subject of sex offenders.

I kid you not, here are a few of their philosophy highlights:

“Sex offending cannot be cured, only controlled at best. There is no known treatment that is 100% effective for stopping sex offending.  Offenders do recidivate….they do it again.” 

“We are victim advocates, not offender advocates.”

“Nothing “just happens” as in the “impulse rape”, there is a process to sex offending that is marked by a “deviant” cycle.”

“Offenders are master manipulators.”

“Lessened risk is not necessarily infered by progress in treatment.We must recognize that offenders are dishonest in many respects with themselves and you no matter how open they are with admitting their offense. Denial, justification, intellectualizing and minimization are the hallmark qualities of the offender.”

“Many offenders who offended within the family also offend outside the family and visa versa. (Most offenders have multiple paraphilias/a person’s sexual arousal and gratification are dependent on fantasizing about and engaging in atypical and extreme sexual behaviors.) Having offended is a clear sign that one may do it again.”

“We place a high value on the rights and needs of others before the rights and needs of the offender.  We are victim and community safety advocates.”

“We believe offenders initially oppose treatment, have an initial poor recognition of problems with limited and distorted insight, that they act out in ways to harm others.  That offenders are initially dishonest to us and themselves, they hold and hide secrets, blame others for their problems and will do anything to avoid the counselors scrutiny or involvement in their lives.”

And yet…under the board’s tenets for sex offender treatment providers it states “we need to know our own vulnerabilities, we need to know our biases in working with this population”.

How can this treatment board be government sanctioned when it’s entire philosophy is biased against sex offenders?

To put it in a nutshell, by the TN Sex Offender Treatment Board’s own admission, registrants are viewed as incurable, bound to re-offend, impulsive and deviant and master manipulators.  They are all in denial with paraphilias, poor recognition of their problems and having distorted insight. They are dishonest and secretive and blame everyone else for their problems.

And these are just the highlights!

This is the board that is responsible providing the providers that provide the court mandated treatment for registrants. Registrants that are court mandated to pay for this treatment!

Would you seek treatment from a physician that didn’t have your best interest in mind? Would you take your dog to a vet that was an advocate for cats but not dogs? Would you hire a contractor that could care less about the work he did on your home?

Of course you wouldn’t.

So why would any registrant want to receive or participate in treatment provided by providers who openly state they put the needs of everyone else BEFORE the needs of the very people they are supposed to be treating, sex offenders?

This seems to be a highly “unethical” treatment conflict of interest and may be worth pursuing in the courts.



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