Senior Lecturer Dr Kelly Richards, from the School of Justice, Faculty of Law, has recently been featured in the media discussing treatment options for people with pedophilic tendencies.
The Australian news article explains how children are at risk of abuse because there is little pre-emptive treatment for the estimated 500,000 Australians with pedophilic tendencies.
Dr Richards highlights the approaches used in other countries to allow paedophiles to self-refer before they abused. She said Europe and North America had Stop It Now hotlines for people to seek help. “It is group therapy around how they might deal with (their urges) based on cognitive behavioural therapy,” Dr Richards said. “Some … may take medication that will reduce their sex drive.”
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