This concluding chapter recapitulates the aim of the book, stating that the problem is not the juvenile sex offenders themselves but the society's conceptualization of them. In particular, the issue is not the fact that the majority of juvenile sexual offenders are sexually deviant and at high risk for reoffense, but that they face a reality wherein they have been tagged as such, framed within a discourse of deviance that portrays them as sexual perverts—as shown by their specialized clinical classification and assessment, the treatment that focuses on them as deviant, and the legal strategies that label and stigmatize them. Thus, the only thing sexual juvenile offenders hold in common with each other is that they have committed a sexual offense—a legal designation that is insufficient to support the conceptualization of them as a distinct clinical category.
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