Episode 177: How To Prevent Sex Crimes

March 21, 2023 by Justin Lehmiller

Sex and Psychology Podcast
Sex and Psychology Podcast
Episode 177: How To Prevent Sex Crimes

How do we prevent sex crimes from happening in the first place? Today, we’re going to talk about some of the things that do (and don’t) work. This is the second episode in a two-part series about sexual offending. In the previous show, we discussed what motivates people to sexually offend, so now that we have a sense of that, let’s discuss issues of treatment and prevention.

Dr. Michael Seto is back for this episode. He is a registered clinical and forensic psychologist and a research director with the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group. He is also a Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. Michael has published extensively on the subject of sexual offending, which includes the books Pedophilia and Sexual Offending Against Children and Internet Sex Offending.

Some of the topics we discuss include:

  • Why punishment isn’t enough when it comes to stopping sexual offending.
  • Whether sex offender registries are an effective deterrent to sex crimes.
  • The most effective treatment approaches for reducing rates of sexual re-offending.
  • Whether we can get people at risk of committing sex crimes to voluntarily seek treatment before committing an offense.
  • How training in the fiend of psychology can be improved to prevent sexual violence.
  • The role of comprehensive sex education in preventing sexual violence.

Make sure to follow Michael on Twitter @MCSeto and learn more about his research here.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
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Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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