Sexual abuse is a public health issue that impacts everyone – individuals, communities, institutions, and society as a whole.  The prevention of sexual abuse requires a well-planned, comprehensive, interdisciplinary and evidence based approach.  Assessment, treatment and management strategies and policies should strive to prevent sexual abuse and support the rehabilitation of individuals who offend as this will promote long-term community safety.

ATSA is comprised of multi-disciplinary professionals such as psychologists, therapists, researchers, social workers, police officers, parole/probation officers, victim advocates, and lawyers.  The ATSA Public Policy Committee’s focus is to provide information and guidance on best practice standards related to the assessment, management and treatment of individuals who have sexually abused or are at risk to abuse.  This is accomplished by identifying, monitoring, and responding to trends, issues, and concerns related to the management, treatment, laws, and policies for individuals who have sexually abused or are at risk to abuse.  Given the devastating impact of sexual abuse, strategies must be informed by research, evaluation, and best practices to strengthen public safety. 

Interested in learning more?  The information below describes evidence based strategies that lead to the effective assessment, treatment and management of individuals who have sexually abused or are at risk to abuse.  The ATSA Public Policy Committee works diligently to stay current on policy changes and update this site accordingly.  However, policy changes often occur rapidly, so there can be a lag time for updates.  If you think a document is out of date, please contact us.

To access information, click on the category of interest for links to downloadable position papers, fact sheets, and other information related to each topic area.

This section includes guidance on effective public policy strategies (see A Reasoned Approach) for the prevention of sexual abuse, as well as legislative and court responses addressing best practice standards.

Visit the Public Policy Papers Page for more information.

This section includes information about sexual abuse, sexual offending, and prevention specifically designed for media professionals.

Visit the Media Resources page for more information.

Professionals who treat and research sexual offenders have considerable insight to offer society. Their expertise enhances our understanding of the problem, as well as fostering the most effective treatment and management of offenders in the community.


Visit the Fact Sheets page to access ATSA's Public Policy Fact Sheets.