A therapist who's helping kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard has advice for others rebuilding their lives after a traumatic ordeal. Anderson Cooper spoke with psychologist Rebecca Bailey about the will to survive and triumph after tragedy.
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Mr. Cooper,For 16 years I taught and worked with juvenile sex offenders. I watched them leave treatment and re-offend on an alarming scale. Many are in prison or on the Vermont Sex Offender Registry. It would be unfair to say that those who have never been arrested again are success stories. It's much more likely that they haven't been caught. Even those who exhibit high risk behaviors after leaving the program will still be considered successful because they haven't been caught. There is no such thing as a low risk sex offender. Many times treatment only makes them better offenders. Those that work with these individuals are badly traumatized and never even realize it. If you might be interested I have a great deal of information on this terrible terrible topic. The Jerry Sandusky trial is over but have we as a society really learned anything.