The Work of ATSA to Prevent Sexual Abuse
In this interview with Maia Christopher, Executive Director, ATSA and David Prescott, Immediate Past President of ATSA, PreventConnect's David Lee discusses how ATSA has focused on sexual violence prevention and will highlight the prevention related activities at ATSA's 29th Annual Conference to be held in Phoenix, Arizona in October 2010.
Collaborating with ATSA for Prevention
In this interview with Sally Thigpen and Joan Tabachnick, co-chairs of the Prevention Committee of ATSA PreventConnect's David Lee discusses the results of a recent survey of ATSA membership about their interest, experiences and opportunities for primary prevention of sexual violence.
How Safe Are Trick-or-Treaters? An Analysis of Child Sex Crime Rates on Halloween
States, municipalities, and parole departments have adopted policies banning known sex offenders from Halloween activities, based on the worry that there is unusual risk on these days. The existence of this risk has not been empirically established. National Incident-Base Reporting System crime report data from 1997 through 2005 were used to examine daily population adjusted rates from 67,045 non-familial sex crimes against children aged 12 years and less. Halloween rates were compared with expectations based on time, seasonality, and weekday periodicity. Rates did not differ from expectation, no increased rate on or just before Halloween was found, and Halloween incidents did not evidence unusual case characteristics. Findings were invariant across years, both prior to and after these policies became popular. These findings raise questions about the wisdom of diverting law enforcement resources to attend to a problem that does not appear to exist.