Friday, August 8, 2014

New Book: The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality and the Law: What Every Parent and Professional Needs to Know by Tony Attwood, Isabelle Henault and Nick Dubin

I am always looking for new reading material on Sex Offenders, Registries, the Civil Commitment of SVP’s, Juvenile Offending, Moral Panics and our Justice System. I haven’t read a “for fun” book in over 6 or 7 years. The last book that I “posted” about was by a VCU Asst. Professor back in December. 

A topic that I have previously lamented about (exactly one year ago) on this blog was, Are Autistic People More Likely to be Labeled a Sex Offender? 

Today while searching for new books I came across this one, The Autism Spectrum, Sexuality and the Law: What every parent and professional needs to know by Tony Attwood, Isabelle Henault and Nick Dubin.   Scheduled release date, August 21, 2014. 

I have pre-ordered this book and am looking forward to reading it! 

For those parents who have reached out to me over the last 6 years because your teenage or young adult child with autism has been wrongly swept up by our overly broad sexual laws that has stigmatized them with the undeserved and life destroying label of Violent Sex Offender, I wanted you to know about this book.

Mary Devoy 

Here is the synopsis from 

Based on Nick Dubin's own experience, and drawing on the extensive knowledge of Dr Tony Attwood and Dr Isabelle Hénault, this important book addresses the issues surrounding the autism spectrum, sexuality and the law.

The complex world of sex and appropriate sexual behaviour can be extremely challenging for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and, without guidance, many find themselves in vulnerable situations. This book examines how the ASD profile typically affects sexuality and how sexual development differs between the general population and those with ASD. It explains the legalities of sexual behaviour, how laws differ from country to country, and the possibility for adjustment of existing laws as they are applied to the ASD population. With advice on how to help people with autism spectrum disorder gain a better understanding of sexuality and a comprehensive list of resources, the book highlights the need for a more informed societal approach to the psychosexual development of people with ASD.

A ground-breaking and honest account, this book will be an invaluable addition to the shelves of parents of children with ASD, mental health and legal professionals, teachers, carers and other professionals working with individuals on the spectrum.

3 Reviews on 

1- In bravely revealing his thoughts, insights, and marshaling top experts in the field of autism and sexuality, Nick Dubin has turned a devastating involvement with the criminal justice system into an educational and learning experience. A must read for anyone supporting those on the autism spectrum in the vital area of sexuality. --Stephen M. Shore, Ed.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Special Education at Adelphi University, Internationally known consultant, educator, and author on issues related to the autism spectrum 

2- Sexuality is among the most important issues in the field of ASD that no one is talking about. Well, finally that silence has been broken with an incredibly honest, moving, fascinating and informative volume. The chapters by the family, whose son was charged with viewing child pornography, are among the most honest, gripping, and intense I have ever read and include a fantastic chapter by the son himself. In addition there are two chapters written by renowned international experts in the field which contain clear, comprehensive, and practical advice about sexuality related to people on the Autism Spectrum. Readers of this book will be rewarded with a whole new understanding of the major issues concerning sexuality and sexual development in ASD and will come away from this book deeply moved, surprised, and fully informed about the most important current issues in the field. --Gary B. Mesibov, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of North Carolina 

3- Rarely has a major challenge of national import to our law enforcement and legal systems been more eloquently expressed than through this courageous story of one remarkable young man, bewildered by his own entanglements. This book may not alleviate the suffering of many before him; but it should prevent the destruction of many lives of adults with Asperger's syndrome whose fragile balance act within a society they struggle to adjust to is violently shaken by a system too rigid to understand, too self-righteous to be just, and too unforgiving to consider facts and clinical knowledge. Mr. Dubin, together with two of the foremost experts in the field, have given a powerful voice to a mission that belongs to us all: to correct an injustice that is still largely unknown but to the many families whose lives unravel at the strike of a sudden door knock. --Ami Klin PhD, Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine