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Criminal Justice Advocacy Program

The prohibition of sexual knowledge and expression and the use of management and treatment approaches that covertly or overtly punish sexual expression has not eliminated the sexuality of persons with DD.

Type of problems law enforcement may have while work with an sexual offender with an intellectual disability?

  • May not understand rights as read to them
  • May seek to please authority figures and say what they think law enforcement wants to hear
  • Prone to regress out of fear
  • May hide their disability and so go unnoticed by counsel
  • Try to parrot responses

Why do some individuals with an intellectual disability have inappropriate sexual behavior?

  • Do not know how to express sexuality in an appropriate manner
  • Some people may think they are asexual
  • They may not receive the same sexual learning experiences at home or in school
  • They often lack a peer group to explore sexual identity

What is Megan's Law?

Megan's Law is the name for a federal law, and informal name for subsequent state laws, in the United States requiring law enforcement authorities to make information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders. Laws were created in response to the murder of Megan Kanka. Federal Megan's Law was enacted as a subsection of the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act of 1994, which merely required sex offenders to register with local law enforcement.[1][2] Since only few states required registration prior to Megan's death, the state level legislation to bring states in compliance —with both the registration requirement of Jacob Wetterling Act and community notification required by federal Megan's Law— were crafted simultaneously and are often referred as "Megan's Laws" of individual states. Thus, federal Megan's Law refers to community notification (making registry information public), whereas state level "Megan's Law" may refer to both sex offender registration and community notification.

Resources & Information:

  • National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability

  • Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers