Sex Abuse (2007) 19:193–194 DOI 10.1007/s11194-007-9051-6 EDITORIAL Howard Barbaree Published online: 28 August 2007 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2007 Tony Ward, Theresa Gannon, and Astrid Birgden have written an excellent article on human rights as they pertain to the treatment of the sex offender. It is published in this issue of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment as a special article. According to Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, human rights refers to “the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled, often held to include the right to life and liberty, freedom of thought and expression, and equality before the law.” When a person is convicted of a sexual crime, the state (the courts) may (1) restrict their right to liberty through incarceration, (2) restrict their right to privacy by public registration as a sex offender, (3) restrict their rights to liberty and equality before the law by prohibiting them from living in the residence of their choice, (4) restrict their rights to association with past or potential victims through the wording of probationary orders, among other restrictions. While restrictions placed on sex offenders represent a withdrawal of their human rights, these have not
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