Treatment Experiences


In this section people will tell about their experiences with treatment. 
Here, they tell there own narrative. 
In treatment centers, however, it is usually not allowed to tell one's own and real narrative: one has to tell a politically more correct version of it. 

Thus, we begin with some articles 

Baskins, Jay, Quiet, Solitude and the Telling of One's Own Story; 2003
[...] Except when prevented by external events, the average person will spend a significant amount of time dwelling on the story of his or her life. We write letters in which we try to tell our story, or clarify some aspect of it. We write journals with the same intent. We read stories in books and magazine for the light they shed on our own stories. 
At times these stories told about others may even provide us with the fundamental form and meaning around which we structure our own. We tell our stories to others and listen as tell they us theirs. When we are alone we reflect on the events of the day and wonder about the meaning of what is happening in our lives. 
To achieve and maintain a reasonable level of narrative well-being requires periods of solitude and quiet. 
In this article I have identified and briefly explored six different ways in which the prison environment hinders a person's ability to find that solitude and quiet. I have tried to show that this is not simply a matter of creating discomfort or inconvenience. Rather, the absence of solitude and quiet in a prisoner's life impairs his capacity to reflect upon his "story," and thereby threatens his capacity to achieve a viable and coherent identity. 
It is possible that in prison life we see a microcosm of the larger society. Therefore it might be worth exploring whether my speculations about the six factors that make narrative well-being difficult to attain in prison might be usefully generalized to life outside of the prison system.

Bergner, Daniel, The Making of a Molester; January 23, 2005, The New York Times Magazine
Not long ago, Roy became a type of monster. The transformation took a year and a half, and now, one morning each week, he sits in a room of similar cases. 

Then, we give the narratives of people about their experiences with treatment.

Predator or Prey? 
For James Rodriguez, the only way to freedom was to confess to sex crimes he and one of his alleged victims says he did not commit. by Ben Ehrenreich. LA Weekly, AUGUST 20 - 26, 2004

Here is a long but interesting story of a man falsely accused but still 19 years in prison and 'treatment'. Every two years, the court declared him still 'too dangerous' to become free.
Then, he began to stop his denial of his 'offence', and started to be a model client of the 'therapists', the latter being very content about their 'therapy'. It was the only way to ever become free. 'Olaying thee game', to say so.
Just shortly before he got his freedom again, the boys who had alleged him confessed that all accusations were false and were given under high pressure of an aunt and heavy pressure of the District Attorny.

My experience with treatment, Told in short essays by Anonymous

On this page you will find the negative consequences that such a "therapy", usually being associated with the legal system, can have afterwards on a person who went through it entirely.

A mother's story; A mother discovers that the legal system's nightmarish "cure" for child sexual abuse can be worse than the disease. BY ANONYMOUS, SOHopeful Forum, Posted March 02, 2005; written Feb. 28, 1997

Every Wednesday afternoon I find a seat in a windowless basement room, in a circle of 25 people. The chairs are metal, hard and cold, and the level of discomfort far more than physical. There are eight teenage boys and two therapists, and all the rest of us are parents and grandparents.
We are bewildered, we are depressed and we are all consigned to this room for months. I am sick for hours beforehand and a day or more afterwards, unable to sleep in peace, to eat, to hold a casual conversation.
These boys, including my son, are sex offenders. We, as their parents, are complicit in crimes hard to explain or define. Recently I asked my 14-year-old son what he's learned from the painful events of the last year, and he said, "I've learned sex is bad. I don't want to think about it anymore."

Boy's sex offense still resonates, By Bill Scanlon, Rocky Mountain News, December 10, 2004

"It's put a major damper on a typical 16-year-old's life," the mother said. "I get so frustrated because I look at what they're putting my son through - group therapy once a week, individual therapy twice a week, probation twice a month. And I read in the paper about these people who are actually sexually offending walking around on the streets. It's a high price to pay for something he did at age 12." 

A reaction: How to torture a teenager with the law; Posted by *Remo* on 2004-December-10 on a forum

I had an opportunity two years in a row, last time about two years ago, to speak at a juvenile SOT facility as part of the outpatient SOT (Sex Offender Treatment) program I was required to attend on probation.

Gay Memphis Teen Sent to Ex-Gay Camp Against Will; Oklahoma Independent Media Center, June 16 2005

He is a 16 year old young man who came out to his parents. Needless to say, it didn't go well. They decided to send him against his will to "Love in Action" a camp to "set him straight." The group won't even let him keep a journal, have facial hair, talk to his friends, or listen to Bach. Worst of all, the leader of this reform group is purported to have said that its better for a person to commit suicide than live as a homosexual. 

A reaction from Australia 
These are not treatments. 

Therapeutic camps
Both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association have strongly discounted reparative therapy, saying it is an unsound practice that can hurt those who undertake it.

Anderson, James D., How To Survive in Prison as an Innocent Man Convicted of a Sex Crime; Sex Offender Treatment; ITP 1997 # 9

Cognitive Therapy, by Geoffrey Leonard, 30th April 2005

Cognitive therapy is not rational, and does not seek to operate at the rational levels of the mind. Rather does it seek to influence behaviour at the instinctual level. It cannot operate at the rational level because it itself is not rational.
Cognitive therapy is also akin to brainwashing. And brainwashing apparently does not have a high reputation for its success rate. Cognitive therapy is a fraud.

My SOTP; Sex Offender Treatment Program; By Donald Wirkey

[...] A normal routine to the week would be the first day of group would be individual notes on how the week went, if you jacked off, what did you use to repress "deviant thoughts", past deviant behaviors "i.e. masturbating to a picture of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen", what your goals for the week are, and any problems. [...]
The main thing they stressed through the 3 years of treatment was how bad and sick of a person I am for being pedophilic, and how to control myself so that I would have "No more victims." [...]
That's about all treatment is about - avoiding the real issues and truths, and basically focusing on 'brainwashing.' I don't like the word brainwashing, but maybe cognitive restructuring to reflect the paranoid hypocritical hysterical anti's who love violating human rights. [...]

Pedofiel moeilijk behandelbaar - Tanja Kits, Deventer Dagblad 2 februari 2005

Als een verplichte therapie bij een veroordeelde niet aanslaat, is dat dan zijn eigen schuld? Of is de behandeling niet goed geweest en ligt de schuld (dus) bij de therapeuten?