Exchange with Alison
Lack of sex offender information

Sex Offender Information: www.child-abuse-effects.com

Exchange with Alison are comments expressing disappointment at the lack of sex offender information on this site I have reproduced our exchange here in an effort to explain both my personal and website limitations.

Exchange with Alison: Lack of Sex Offender Information

Alison is an astute woman. A woman I suspect is either a student of, or hoping to be in the field of sex offender studies. She lives in San Francisco, California, USA.

Alison's e-mail:

I am not sure where any comment from me would be posted - but here is my query.

Why is there no mention of psychological disorders in your presentation of the male sex offender? Or of the role of alcohol and drug disinhibition effects?

I am surprised to see such a very simplified presentation of complex human behaviour like sex abuse. Claiming only that there are three types of male sex offender, without reference to any other issues involved does seem to be a bit limited.

I feel the website could go much further in helping us to understand the full range of conditions of mind which can lead (but not inevitably) to someone becoming a sex offender. Not least is the necessity to refer to social conditioning on children which then leads to the repetition of the problem behaviour. I may have missed something on the website which does discuss the issue in more depth, in which case forgive me for writing critically. I am simply going on what I found when I clicked the link for Male SO.


My reply:

I can appreciate your frustration, Alison. I know when I look for information on the Internet, it can be exhausting and annoying to have to filter through reams of information and never find what I am looking for.

I created my website to educate people about child abuse, to identify the long- and short-term effects, and to provide a forum for people to write me their true child abuse stories and have them posted.

On each of my pages, I've asked people to offer their suggestions to make that page more helpful. You've done that, Alison, and I want you to know I appreciate that you took the time to send me your suggestions. When it's possible for me to incorporate suggestions from my readers, I do so.

Having said that, child-abuse-effects.com is not a site about sex offenders. All of my sex offender pages were created to give my visitors a very brief overview of the various offenders out there and how they are relevant to child abuse and their effects. I recognize that these pages are not an in-depth analysis on any offender. These pages were not intended to provide a detailed study of sex offenders; I've left that to the professionals in the field of sex offender studies.

This website cannot be all things to all people. When possible, I try to provide quality links to other sites that provide more information on a topic that I believe is relevant to my readers. I wish I had more time to devote to searching the Net for quality sites that will help my readers, but I am only one person. I try very hard to provide my readers with what they are looking for, but there are limits to my time, energy and information base. Currently, I spend 6 or more hours a day, 7 days a week working on my site, updating the various pages, editing and posting stories, comments and resources, filtering through Spam, bogus submissions and sometimes hate mail. I do this on my own free time.

Alison, I sympathize with your frustration at not finding the information you were looking for when you clicked onto my male sex offenders page. If you find a quality site that does indeed provide you with the detailed information you are looking for, I hope you will send me an email with the URL so that I can look into post it for my other readers to visit.

Sincerely,
Darlene Barriere


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