The criminalization of exhibitionism is indicative of our society's unwillingness to deal rationally with sex offenses. As a result of this attitude, present treatment of exhibitionists is ineffective and even harmful. Ms. Riley argues that in order to encourage a more appropriate response to these men, their condition must be viewed from a psycho-legal perspective, which considers the presence of emotional disorders in individuals caught up in the penal system. Applying this perspective, the author proposes a diversion program that incorporates medical understanding of the disorder and therefore offers the possibility of curing exhibitionists and restoring them as productive members of society.
Marilyn R. Riley,
Exhibitionism: A Psycho-Legal Perspective,
San Diego L. Rev.
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