At the 33rd ATSA conference, Jesse Bering (author of ‘Perv: The sexual deviant in all of us‘) gave an interesting opening keynote entitled ‘Does Lust Make us Stupid? The Effect of Sexual Arousal on Decision-Making’. This subject has clear relevance to the work undertaken by clinicians and researchers in the field of sexual offending. That is, it is likely to account (in part) for why some individuals engage in sexual activity with underage or non-consenting individuals. However, despite the importance of the topic, Bering argued that it has evaded empirical attention.
As Caoilte noted in our 1st birthday announcement, “the internet loves lists”. So here, in no particular order, are twenty amazing takeaway facts from our first year of posts (and, yes, I am including my own posts in this list; “hashtag arrogant much”, as the kids probably say).
In 1994, a small-town event catalyzed the creation of a new method of supervising sexual offenders in the community. At that time, the residents of Ontario, Canada became aware that a high risk sexual offender, who had molested multiple children, was being released with no supervisory restrictions (Canada’s equivalent of “maxing out”). This led to immense upheaval in the local community. The situation seemed irresolvable until a Mennonite pastor of a local congregation offered to supervise the offender and keep him accountable through regular meetings, checkups, and guidance. After the situation turned into a success story – the offender was never rearrested – the Mennonite Central Committee of Ontario and the Correctional Service of Canada partnered to create what is now called Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA).
In fact, NextGenForensic was conceived two-and-a-half years back on September 6th, 2012, when Ian McPhail fired out an email to seven early-career-types with the idea of a ‘multi-author blog’. That email began, “Hello dear friends and colleagues, I have a modest proposal for you all.” Modest as the proposal may have been, it was an inviting and exciting one. However, it wasn’t until February 20, 2014, that NextGenForensic was born. On that day, the two Ians (McPhail and Elliott) finally accepted parental responsibility, gave ourselves fancy grandiose titles, and recruited Caoilte, Kelly, and Ross. Along the way, we also acquired our link to the student world, Danielle.