From 1 June 2013 – end March 2017
StopSO helps anyone who is concerned that they might commit a sexual offence, or who has already done so, by offering one-to-one therapy in the community close to where they live. StopSO has had 627 enquiries from clients wanting help. Each month more clients are contacting us. Between January and April 2017, 150 people have asked for help.
16% of clients contacting StopSO have troubling thoughts, but have committed no crime. They have not looked at any child abuse images, or committed a contact offence. They are concerned about their thoughts of acting out sexually in an inappropriate way. Many of these are non-offending paedophiles, who have never committed any offence but are attracted to children and are asking for support to ensure they do not offend
Of the StopSO clients
89% refer themselves
9% are referred by their family
2% are referred by a professional (police, probation services or a therapist)
37% of StopSO clients have not come to the attention of the police or social services
12% of clients approach StopSO after they have been convicted of a sexual offence
51% are in the criminal justice system when they approach StopSO asking for help
WE ASKED SEX OFFENDERS
In February 2017 we accessed our online questionnaire that had 145 replies from sex offenders and those at risk of offending. One question asked “How old were you when you first knew you had a problem with inappropriate sexual thoughts or behaviour?”
RE-OFFENDING RATES OF SEX OFFENDERS ARE VERY LOW
According to government figures, for theft the re-offending rate is 42%, for adult sex offenders who go on to commit any further crime of any sort within a year, (not just a sexual offence) it is only 13%, and for juvenile sex offenders it is 14.4%.
This makes it very important to work with people before they enter the criminal justice system,thus stopping the FIRST crime in some instances.
DATE: April 20 2017