Monday, November 25, 2013
SAN ANTONIO - Officer Jackie Neal with the San Antonio Police Department has been charged with sexual assault. Reports state that he was on-duty when he began following a teenage girl for several blocks before finally stopping her.
The girl says Officer Neal used the excuse that “her car was stolen.” He then did a forcible “pat down.” She pleaded for a female officer, but he continued. Then he handcuffed her and forced her to the back of his squad car where she was groped, assaulted, and raped, according to reports.
The girl reported the rape immediately. It turns out that this is the third time Officer Neal has been accused of sexual “misconduct.”
Officer Neal was taken into custody on Saturday. He has since been released.
Police Chief William McManus told the San Antonio Express-News, “I am at a loss for words. I am outraged. This is a punch in the eye to the police department.”
- Remember, all accused are innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around.
But this case may not come as a surprise to Americans, given that the reports of police committing sexual assault are two times the amount of reports in the general population.
In January of 1989, before the sex offender hysteria hit the legislative sector of our country, a study was conducted entitled ‘Sex Offender Recidivism a Review‘, by the noted researchers L. Furby, M.R.Weinroth, and L. Blackshaw. Although the primary purpose of this study was to try and determine the actual recidivism of people who are involved in sex crimes what it secondarily discovered was the effectiveness of treatment programs or lack thereof I should say in reducing recidivism.. Realize that today most treatment programs that use behavior modification follow the same type of guidelines that were used during this time. They were basically drug and alcohol programs that were modified to treat people with what therapists perceived as sexual control problems.
Just exactly what is behavior modification treatment? It is the traditional term for the use of behavior altering techniques to increase or decrease the frequency of behaviors, such as altering an individual’s behaviors and reactions to stimuli through positive and negative reinforcement. Such as the reduction of deviant behavior by using various punishments like shame and guilt as reinforcers. Behavior modification is now known as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and used in sex offender treatment programs it takes on a Clockwork Orange type of conditioning. Up to and including ammonium nitrate and electric shock, conditioning. One important thing to note about the various behavioral therapies is that unlike some other types of therapy that are rooted in insight, such as psychoanalytic and humanistic therapies, behavioral therapy is action based. The problem is that Behavioral therapists focus on their perceptions of how a person should act. That is not based on any empirical data, and among other things uses aggressive confrontational therapy to force their viewpoints upon their clients. This is extremely true in cases where courts order treatment without knowing if the program is going to have a positive or negative consequences for the participants.