Rethinking Our Approach to Adolescents: Considering Age-Appropriate Responses to Problematic Adolescent Sexual Behavior in Massachusetts

This paper provides an overview about how the differences in adolescent development should beconsidered when developing policies that address the problem of sexual violence, and they should serve as the foundation for creating systemic responses and interventions that are demonstrably different for adolescents and adults in the vast majority of cases.

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 registration and community notification


Registration and Notification: Does Including Adolescents Make us Safer

Given the substantial body of research that shows how damaging adult sex offender laws can be to the still-developing youth and the larger community, there is a growing movement in the USA to clarify the distinction between adults who sexually abuse and the children or adolescents who engage in sexually abusive behaviors. This paper outlines the problem in Massachusetts, provides a systematic presentation of relevant research, and suggests a path to rectifying that problem.


Massachusetts Child/Adolescent Assessment Protocol (M-CAAP)

The M-CAAP provides a process for evaluating adolescents who have sexually abusive behavior or other problematic sexual behaviors. The M-CAAP is a comprehensive exploration of a youth’s life that reviews a group of historical, personal and contextual factors that lend themselves to a more complete understanding of the youth and the circumstances that may have contributed to the abusive behaviors.

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