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Constructing Hope: a Multi-Agency Programme model for Young Sex Offenders living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa

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Author(s): Dario Dosio | Douglas P. Boer

Journal: Sexual Offender Treatment
ISSN 1862-2941

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 2;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: HIV | AIDS | Sex OffendersIntroduction

ABSTRACT
Many young sex offenders in South Africa have HIV/AIDS. This fact both complicates and underlines the importance of delivering effective multi-agency sex offender programmes to these individuals. Reducing reoffending rates is of obvious importance, as stopping these young offenders from offending also means limiting the spread of HIV to new victims. We are proposing an integrative programme that incorporates proven models of sex offender treatment in combination with medical, educational and family support systems to facilitate community reintegration of young sex offenders living with HIV/AIDS. It is our hope to work in partnership with the Department of Correctional Services in South Africa to facilitate such programming in the near future.
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