“By focusing the majority of preventative efforts on uncommon predation scenarios, current policies fail to adequately protect children, and society at large, from more common sexual offenses.” (Mesler et al., 2016; pp. 220).
Sensational offences, although horrendous and worthy of concerns, are not representative of the majority of sexual offences committed in the world. Why should we care about this statement? Recently, Julia Mesler, George Anderson, and Cynthia Calkins published a chapter in Advances in Psychology and Law (Volume 1) on sexual offender policy (available here). They propose that public misconception about the majority of individuals who have committed sexual offences is one of the driving forces behind public policies that do more harm than good in terms of public safety.