How to not become a sex offender: From “offender therapy” to “offender prevention therapy”




Kris Vanhoeck, Kim Gykiere, Wouter Wanzeele

Mental Health & Prevention

7 August 2014




Society is regularly shocked by reports of child abuse. Then the question arises as to whether or not we should be doing more. Is it possible to prevent someone from becoming an offender by a means other than intervention only once the crime is committed? What strategies can aim at offender prevention? And what factors can contribute towards this? This article is merely about bringing to light the contribution that the mental health system is able to make. We believe that every therapist could be faced with people who can benefit from an offender prevention approach.






Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee