Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 10, No. 2, 1998 Editorial Floating in the breeze each spring, pollen infiltrates our sinuses and may cause alarming reactions. Ideas spring forth as well, and work their way into our brains as surely as fungi and the spores of plants enter our nasal passages. Some of these ideas are truly seeds, germinating and sprout- ing in the fertile fields of our cerebral cortices. Others, like the mildew from which they were born, can create sufficient distress to cause a psy- chologic allergy. Harm reduction (HR) is one of these, and falls on fields barren to it because of its inherent weakness as a guiding principle in our endeavors. As proposed by Laws (1996), HR is a natural outgrowth of relapse prevention and can be traced back to the earliest roots of American psychiatry. HR would view sexual deviation as a "chronic, well-established disposition to commit sexual crimes, a condition that could not be cured but could be managed, albeit imperfectly" (p. 245). This position is contrasted with the zero-tolerance stance, one being inflexible and unattainable in any event. Laws proposes to abolish the term sexual offender treatment and substitute
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