Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A tailored approach for autistic youth?

Dec 2011 National:

High-functioning teens with autism may be difficult to spot because they don't display typical behaviors, such as rocking and hand waving, and their language skills may be adequate. Because the features of autism are less obvious among these youth, a disproportionate number land in juvenile detention for behaviors such as obsessive following or touching others, says school psychologist Tammy L. Hughes, PhD, who chairs Duquesne University's department of counseling, psychology and special education.

But the nature of their developmental disorder makes it imperative that they be treated in a way that recognizes their unique issues, preferably through well-designed diversion programs, she says.

"Not many young people with autism commit crimes, but of that small group, their needs are distinct," she says.

Castration of Sex Offenders

8-27-2014 National:

Here we are pulling together another medical issue faced by some sex offenders: Castration (Physical and Chemical).

OnceFallen has a wonderful review of the issue which folks can find HERE.

A snippet
Castration of people convicted of sex offenders is the most controversial concepts in American jurisprudence. As of this writing, nine US states (California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin [2]) and a few nations (Poland, Germany, The United Kingdom, Israel, and Argentina [3]) have either laws on castration on the books or have used some form of castration as a form of sanction. Much of the public demand for castration seems to stem from our revenge-oriented society. However, issues of ethics and effectiveness surround the castration issue.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Girl, 16, faces 25 years for strangling molester

Posted for consideration of the medical / psychological content.

8-26-2014 Arizona:

Mentally ill teen 'said they got in a fight and he was hitting her'

A 16-year-old mentally ill girl – who is accused of killing her 43-year-old statutory rapist – now faces up to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder.

Jessica Burlew of Glendale, Az., reportedly suffers from schizophrenia and autism. She has been charged as an adult for the murder of Jason Ash, 43, a man described by almost every media outlet that has reported on the case as her “boyfriend,” even though the age of sexual consent in Arizona is 18.

Burlew, who is accused of strangling Ash with an electrical cord on Jan. 28, said the two had been engaged in a sexual game of autoerotic asphyxiation, a method of increasing sexual excitement by cutting off oxygen to the brain.

According to court documents, Burlew claimed Ash didn’t say the “safety word,” and she told police she began cutting him with razor blades in an attempt to wake him up since she believed he had passed out.

Once Burlew realized Ash wasn’t waking up, she said, she continued “cutting” him to “alleviate her stress from the situation.”

Burlew’s mother, Tracey Woodside – who left the apartment and claims to have gone to the store while her daughter and Ash were inside – said the teen has a history of cutting herself “as a release,” according to the court documents.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Child molester claims he can't be held responsible for abusing girl, seven, because suffers from 'sexsomnia' and attacked her in his sleep

8-24-2014 Florida:

A child molester who sexually abused a seven year old girl has claimed that he can't be held responsible for his action because he suffers from a condition called 'sexsomnia' and was asleep when he attacked her.

Caleb Ruh, 29, says had just taken the anti-anxiety drug Xanax and that he was 'sleep sexing' when he grabbed the girl at his home in Flagler County, Florida, in July 2012 and tried to kiss and fondle her.

A jury wasn't impressed by his defense and convicted him of lewd and lascivious molestation. He faces life in prison and will be designated a sexual predator, Flagler Live reports.

Convicted: Caleb Ruh, 29, claimed he was 'sleep sexing' when he attacked a seven-year-old girl in 2012. A jury didn't believe him and convicted him of lewd and lascivious molestation.

People purporting to suffer from sexsomnia appear to be awake and conscious when they engage in sexual behavior, though they are actually asleep and have no memory of the incident.