Source: (2006) William Mitchell Law Review. 32:1085.

It is time for a rational response to youth who engage in sexually harming behavior. The notion of a unique juvenile system was raised in my 2003 article for the William Mitchell Law Review. n1 At that time, I suggested a mental health court format for youth engaging in sexually harming behaviors. n2 The proposal I make today shifts focus back to the behavior itself and is clearly delineated only for sex-specific interventions. In only two years, the need for an alternative system has become even more urgent. There is an increasing divide between our understanding of child development and our beliefs about people who sexually harm others. (excerpt)