Cultural Considerations in the Assessment of Sexually Violent Predators

  • Brian D. Leany
  • Lorraine T. Benuto


The overall prospect of restricting civil liberties for those individuals who have served their sentence for a sexual offense is not without controversy. A number of states developed strategies to find a balance between the protection of the public and the rights of those convicted. However, the bulk of those strategies do little to consider cultural variables that may inaccurately assess the risk of an individual to reoffend for a sexual offense. This chapter discusses the current state of the field in light of the lack of data, including the identification of studies that do evaluate cultural variables, and finally makes recommendations for practitioners in the field.


Recidivism Reoffending Cultural considerations Sexually violent predators 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian D. Leany
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lorraine T. Benuto
    • 2
  1. 1.Lake’s Crossing Center: Maximum Security Facility for Forensic Mental Health ServicesRenoUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Nevada, RenoRenoUSA

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