NOTE: The Prevention Project.™ is not a part of UCAP. We are separate non-profits addressing important causes.
In 2013, Founder Candice Christiansen developed The Prevention Project.™ after observing that many educated, well established, married, and otherwise law-abiding citizens (mostly men, some women) entered her program seeking help with harmful, risky, and inappropriate sexual thoughts and fantasies. Some individuals found The Prevention Project™ after being arrested for soliciting a prostitute. These individuals reported that they were looking for a more in-depth treatment to address their sexual preoccupation rather than attending the standard "Johns" program. Others came at the request of their attorney during the pre-sentencing phase of the court process, others as part of a court order from the judge, while still others found her program after having attended sex offender treatment and continuing to have risky fantasies including pornography addiction. Clinicians and probation officers across the United States began referring clients to The Prevention Project™ Utah, USA as a result of their clients needing a more accurate treatment intervention for the specific criminogenic features related to non-contact problematic sexual behavior. Finally, as more than one sex offender provider has disclosed to Candice related to working with non-contact offenders, "This guy doesn't belong in our program."
Prevention, An Accurate Intervention
Historically, there have not been accurate interventions for adults with harmful or inappropriate sexual thoughts, fantasies, and certain sexual behaviors unless they have committed what is legally deemed a sexual offense and court ordered to attend traditional sex offender treatment. Once they enter the criminal justice system, individuals are often placed in the same level of treatment regardless of their type of sexual crime. For example, someone with a non-contact sex crime such as exhibitionism, voyeurism, or viewing/distributing child pornography, soliciting a minor on the internet, is placed in the same sex offender program as a rapist or child molester (contact offenders). This is also the case for individuals with post traumatic stress, mental illness, brain injuries, neuro-cognitive deficits (i.e., Parkinson Disease), neurodevelopment disorders (i.e., Autism Spectrum Disorder), and other developmental disabilities. According to the Risk Principle (as noted in University of Cincinnati's research), placing a low level offender with a high level offender may increase the likelihood that the low level offender will recidivate with a higher level of offense. This is preventable with accurate interventions.
Similarly, there are well established, high functioning, "upstanding" adults who often have a dark secret: problematic sexual thoughts, fantasies, (and sometimes behaviors), for example, non-offending pedophiles/hebephiles/ephebophiles, or those with a porn addiction that has escalated to viewing child pornography, or those who hire "sugar babies", prostitutes or escorts; many who have never been nor ever want to be in the criminal justice system. These individuals want help in order to prevent them from transitioning to more deviant behavior, which in some cases, means a contact offense. Using a Prevention Model not only acts as an accurate intervention for these individuals, but it also assists individuals who have been convicted of non-contact sex crimes by addressing the deeper issues related to their choices to offend. It also acts as a good support in preparation for sentencing as well as those who've been convicted and court ordered to complete our program. For individuals needing on-going support after they have successfully completed sex offender treatment, The Prevention Project™ offers the appropriate level of continued accountability using a strengths based approach.