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The Perversion of YouthControversies in the Assessment and Treatment of Juvenile Sex Offenders$
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Frank C. DiCataldo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814720011

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814720011.001.0001

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Epilogue

Epilogue

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(p.223) Epilogue
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The Perversion of Youth
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Frank C. DiCataldo

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814720011.003.0009

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.

Keywords:   juvenile sex offenders, sexually deviant, sexual perverts, clinical classification, sexual offense

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