I hope that Spring has finally sprung for most of you in the
Northern Hemisphere; although, a blizzard during the MnATSA conference in
Minneapolis last week was certainly a surprise. Down under? Well, I guess you
folks are well into Fall.
There’s no hiding the fact that this edition of the Forum is late. However, in our
defense, please give Kurt’s presidential message a good read. As an
organization, ATSA is moving into a new and exciting phase of Board
restructuring. Accordingly, a lot of planning and decision-making has been
underway. Because the Forum is
delivered to every member, we thought it best to hold off on releasing the
Spring Edition until we could bring you all up to speed on what’s been
happening. Again, please refer to Kurt’s note.
As usual, we have a nice mix of perspective in this edition
of the Forum. First, James Reavis and
Jan Looman collaborate on a piece focusing on adverse childhood experiences and
their effects on later involvement in problematic behavior. Specifically, Reavis
and Looman highlight the need for early detection and prevention.
Many of you are aware that the US Sentencing Commission held
hearings late last year looking at sanctions for child pornography offenses.
Indeed, our very own Michael Seto was one of the prominent experts providing
testimony. In this edition, Los Angeles attorney Karen L. Goldstein highlights
some of the ongoing difficulties in assessing fair and proper sentences to
offenders, with a particular emphasis on making sure that the law keeps step
with technological and societal advances.
In our next article, Tom Graves makes a thoughtful case for
re-examining the role and influence of empathy in sexual abuse and treatment
programming for offenders. Last, we have the final of four online debate
transcripts from the UK Knowledge Exchange Network overseen by Kieran McCartan,
Hazel Kemshall, and Kirsty Hudson.
Otherwise, please take note of the call for nominations for
Board of Directors positions, as well as the call for award nominations and the
introduction of new members. Three thousand members, here we come…
Have a good Spring or Fall, wherever you are, and we’ll see
you again in June.
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