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The Science of Sex Abuse

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The Science of Sex Abuse

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The Science of Sex Abuse

The Science of Sex Abuse

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The news seems to be filled with disturbing stories of sexual abuse. Is sexual abuse a mental illness, a criminal behavior, or both? And does treatment for the perpetrators work?

Guests:

Jennifer Freyd, professor of psychology. Department of psychology, University of Oregon

Elizabeth Letourneau, assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina

John Q. La Fond, professor of law, University of Missouri, Kansas City