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Florida Department of Child & Families
Report of Gabriel Myers Work Group on Child-on-Child Sexual Abuse

Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary George H. Sheldon established the Gabriel Myers Work Group in April 2009 to examine the case of Gabriel Myers, a 7- year-old who, on April 16, 2009, was found hanging in the home of his foster parents in Margate, Florida. This report, the second of two prepared by this Work Group, focuses on the issue of child-on-child sexual abuse. The first report, submitted to the Task Force on Fostering Success on November 19, 2009, provided findings and recommendations relating to the administration of psychotropic medications to children in out-of-home care.

View the full report     •      Visit FDCF web site

Office of the Attorney General
[Docket No. OAG 134; AG Order No. 3150–2010] RIN 1105–AB36

Supplemental Guidelines for Sex Offender Registration and Notification

Agency: Department of Justice.
Action: Notice; Proposed guidelines.
Summary: The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) establishes minimum national standards for sex offender registration and notification. The Attorney General issued the National Guidelines for Sex Offender Registration and Notification (‘‘SORNA Guidelines’’ or ‘‘Guidelines’’) on July 2, 2008, to provide guidance and assistance to jurisdictions in implementing the SORNA standards in their sex offender registration and notification programs. These supplemental guidelines augment or modify certain features of the SORNA Guidelines in order to make a change required by the KIDS Act and to address other issues arising in jurisdictions’ implementation of the SORNA requirements. The matters addressed include certain aspects of public Web site posting of sex offender information, interjurisdictional tracking and information sharing regarding sex offenders, the review process concerning jurisdictions’ SORNA implementation, the classes of sex offenders to be registered by jurisdictions retroactively, and the treatment of Indian tribes newly recognized by the Federal Government subsequent to the enactment of SORNA.

Sexual Offender & Sexual Predator Residence Task Force

August 25, 2009

Purpose: To review, research, and make recommendations to the board of (Broward) county commissioners regarding the issues involved with the residence restrictions of sexual offenders and predators convicted of certain sex offenses.

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The Safer Society, 2009 North American Survey
Current Practices and Emerging Trends in Sexual Abuser Management

Robert J. McGrath, Georgia F. Cumming, Brenda L. Burchard,
Stephen Zeoli, Lawrence Ellerby

Click here to view the full report on the Safer Society web site.

Harris, A. J. R., & Hanson, R. K. (2004).
Sex offender recidivism: A simple question (No. 2004-03).
Ottawa: Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada.

This study examines sexual recidivism, as expressed by new charges or convictions for sexual offences, using the data from 10 follow-up studies of adult male sexual offenders (combined sample of 4,724). Results indicated that most sexual offenders do not re-offend sexually, that first-time sexual offenders are significantly less likely to sexually re-offend than those with previous sexual convictions, and that offenders over the age of 50 are less likely to re-offend than younger offenders. In addition, it was found that the longer offenders remained offence-free in the community the less likely they are to re-offend sexually. Data shows that rapists, incest offenders, "girl-victim" child molesters, and "boy-victim" child molesters recidivate at significantly different rates. These results challenge some commonly held beliefs about sexual recidivism and have implications for policies designed to manage the risk posed by convicted sexual offenders.

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The Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM)
Myths and Facts About Sex Offenders
(August 2000).

There are many misconceptions about sexual offenses, sexual offense victims, and sex offenders in our society. Much has been learned about these behaviors and populations in the past decade and this information is being used to develop more effective treatment.

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Levenson, J., & Cotter, L. (2005).
The impact of sex offender residence restrictions: 1,000 feet from danger or one step from absurd

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 49(2), 168-178.

Click here to view the full article in PDF format.

Levenson, J. S., & Cotter, L. (2005).
The impact of Megan's Law on sex offender reintegration

Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 21(1), 49-66.

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Levenson, J. S., & Shields, R.T. (2012).
NIJ supported Sex Offender Risk and Recidivism in Florida

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Blog Post: New Research: Juvenile Sexual Recidivism < 3% (August 2016).

In the Online First Publication of “Quantifying the Decline in Juvenile Sexual Recidivism Rates,” (Psychology, Public Policy, and Law; July 18, 2016), Dr. Caldwell reviews 106 international recidivism studies involving more than 33,000 juveniles who have sexually offended. After transparently controlling for variations between studies, Caldwell determined that the mean five-year sexual recidivism rate for offenses committed over the last 30 years is less than 5%. Looking at the most recent 33 studies, since 2000, Caldwell determined “a mean sexual recidivism rate of 2.75%. This suggests that the most current sexual recidivism rate is likely to be below 3%.” Longer follow-up periods, up to 36 months, revealed more sexual recidivism; but thereafter, follow-up times did not significantly increase recidivism rates.

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