P.O. Box 3614
Decatur GA 30030
Georgia Association for the
Treatment and Prevention of Sexual Abuse
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is there a “profile” of what sex offenders look like or the types of crimes they commit?
- Can females be sex offenders?
- Weren’t most sex offenders abused themselves? Doesn’t this “cause” sex offending?
- Do all sex offenders go on to commit additional sex crimes?
- What makes one sex offender reoffend and another not?
- Can sex offenders be “cured”?
- Aren’t most sex offenders in prison?
- Are there rules sex offenders must follow if they are under probation or parole supervision?
- Are there restrictions on where a sex offender can live?
- What are residency restrictions? To whom do they apply?
- Isn’t it true that sex offenders aren’t allowed to live with children?
- How do I know if a sex offender is “safe” enough to live in a home with children?
- What is sex offender registration?
- Is it true that all sex offenders will always be required to register?
- How can I find out if someone is on the sex offender registry?
- Where can I find out about my state’s sex offender registry requirements?
- What do I do if I believe a registered sex offender is violating the law?
- How are citizens notified about sex offenders who are living in their local community?
- Do adolescents commit sex crimes?
- Will juveniles who offend sexually go on to become adult sex offenders?
- How common are sexually-based Internet crimes?
- Where can I find treatment for adult or juvenile sex offenders in my area?
- Are there any resources available to help sex offenders get appropriate employment?
- Who can I talk to if I or a loved one has been or is experiencing sexual assault or abuse?
- Who should I contact if I suspect or become aware of an instance of child sexual abuse?
- Where can I report suspected child sexual exploitation on the Internet?
- Is there a statute of limitations for prosecuting sexual assault or child sexual abuse?
- Are there warning signs I should be looking for that might suggest someone is sexually abusing a
- How can members of the public be involved in educating others about sexual assault and prevention?
- How can I get a specific sex offender’s case?
Is there a “profile” of what sex offenders look like or the types of crimes they commit?
No, there is no profile of a “typical” sex offender. Sex offenders can be male or female, adult or juvenile, young or old. They also vary in terms of their level of education, marital status, and family ties. They may offend against adults or children, males or females, or both. They may have a long criminal history or none at all. Their crimes can range from non-contact offenses (e.g., exhibitionism or “flashing”) to contact offenses (e.g., fondling, rape). The reasons why they commit these offenses, the kind of help they need to try to stop offending, and the risks they pose are different in every case.