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Analysis & Observations of the Issues Impacting Juvenile Justice

Welcome to @Issue360 ! Whether you are a juvenile probation officer, children and youth administrator, social worker, a law enforcement officer, elected official, provider, legislator, student or interested party we trust that you will find this monthly post of interest. Written by treatment professionals, it will analyze and offer commentary on the issues impacting your field today.

The response to #MeToo, ever growing reports of sexual harassment, and other harmful sexual behaviors, often includes responses that indicate the accused chose to see their behaviors as consensual and mutually desirable.
All too often, societal discussions about sexual abuse focus exclusively on the offence in general and often graphic terms rather than taking a broader view of the individual (which is what comprehensive risk formulation, treatment, and community management focus on). Labelling people by offense is... more
Edison Court  is committed to the advancement of quality improvement principles designed to promote the delivery of efficient and effective services to our clients through our PQI process.  We use an inclusive and transparent approach when establishing performance goals, benchmarks, and determining... more
This might be a good time to simply “rip the band aid off” and get back basics: Abuse is abuse.  Research has shown a particularly challenging truth; that those who are abused don’t always view their experience as abuse.
Most individuals who experience sexual victimization and/or harassment agree that an apology – an acknowledgement that what happened to them was wrong - is an important step in the healing process. The fact is that these individuals rarely receive an apology. Perhaps one reason that apologies are... more
We should not be shocked by the recent, often deeply courageous, statements and disclosures about sexual abuse, sexual assault, and sexualized behavior on social media over the past few weeks that started with the Harvey Weinstein allegations. They confirm what we already knew, that there is a... more
It is almost Halloween, and as we begin to feel a chill in the air, we also feel the excitement of that annual ritual of trick or treating.  But while children look forward to a night of ghouls, ghosts, goblins and goodies, parents ponder the presence of real-life demons in the neighborhood:... more
After over three decades of distinguished service,  Dr. Frank Schmauk retired recently from the board of directors of Edison Court, the parent company of Mathom House, Ravenhill, Easton Manor, and PATHS. Although he no longer serves on the board, Frank continues to actively participate in many... more
“Pedophile” has many negative connotations. Unfortunately, it  implies that a person is destined to have sex with children unless specifically prevented from doing so.  Ironically, it was this belief in the inevitability of re-offense that was central to the establishment of our field’s first... more
“Pedophile” has many negative connotations. Unfortunately, it  implies that a person is destined to have sex with children unless specifically prevented from doing so.  Ironically, it was this belief in the inevitability of re-offense that was central to the establishment of our field’s first... more

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