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Success of sex abuse treatment highlighted

Oct 07, 2014

from the article by Cormac O'Keeffe in Irish Examiner:

Only four out of 114 sex offenders who underwent treatment at a specialist abuse organisation have re-offended....

Maeve Lewis, executive director, said the voluntary- body was one of only two community-based sex offender programmes in the country. She said there should be one in “every single county”, as long as they were run by appropriately skilled and qualified staff.

Speaking at the launch of the body’s 2013 annual report, Ms Lewis said restorative justice programmes — involving both offender and victim — offered a possible way forward.

She said the Government had indicated that the lack of treatment for offenders needed to be addressed and that it was beginning to consider restorative justice.

Launching the report, Kathleen Lynch, minister of state at the departments of health and justice, commended the report and the work of the body.

She said the Government was going to “take a serious look” at extending services....

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