Enhancing evidence-based treatment of child sexual abuse material offenders: the development of the CEM-COPE Program

Marie Henshaw, Chelsea Arnold, Rajan Darjee, James Ogloff, Jonathan A. Clough

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Recent research suggests that child sexual abuse material (CSAM) offenders have distinct characteristics and intervention needs when compared to contact sexual offenders. As such, many sexual offender treatment programs may not be suitable for CSAM offenders without a history of contact offences. This paper describes the development of the CEM-COPE (Coping with Child Exploitation Material Use) Program. We discuss CSAM offender characteristics, recidivism rates and treatment considerations, before outlining the rationale, specifications and underpinnings of the CEM-COPE Program. Challenges in this research area and considerations for future research are also addressed.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
JournalTrends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice
Issue number607
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2020


  • Child sex offenders
  • Treatment
  • Programs

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