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Assessing Sex Offenders' Risk of Reoffending

How diagnostic tools can help measure the danger.

Church leaders often struggle with the question of whether a current or previously registered sex offender continues to pose a risk of harm to others. Consider the following examples.

Example. D is an adult male who has begun attending a church. A member informs the pastor that D is a registered sex offender. Church leaders are unsure whether to exclude D from church services and activities, or to allow him to attend.
Example. A denomination ordains ministers. It receives an application for ordination from a person who previously was on a sex offender registry. Denominational officials are unsure how to evaluate the applicant's fitness for ministry.
• Example. A denomination ordains ministers. Ten years ago, it ordained Pastor B. This year, it received a complaint from an adult woman that she was sexually molested by Pastor B when she was a minor, and before Pastor B was ...

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  • November 1, 2010

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