Myth 2 — The majority of sexual offenders are caught, convicted, and in prison. By the end of the follow-up, ten patients Studies of sex offending consistently show relatively low rates of recidivism relative to all other types of offending. Now what does the research tell us about common beliefs? Still, there are other reasons to believe that recidivism rates may not be that different from what researchers have found. Most of the offenders in the current study did not receive effective treatment, whereas treatment is currently provided to almost all of the high risk sexual offenders in Canada. Currently, it is estimated that adolescents ages 13 to 17 account for up to one-fifth of all rapes and one-half of all cases of child molestation committed each year. All three lines start in the top left and descends slowly. No significant difference between the groups was evident for this or for the average number of times they were convicted after release. An examination of sex offender case histories in federal corrections. A consistent finding internationally, however, is that recidivism amongst this group is small relative to all other types of offending see Wormith and Ruhl Child molesters had a 13 percent reconviction rate for sexual offenses and a 37 percent reconviction rate for new, non-sex offenses over a five-year period. Of the remainder, three committed new sexual offences during their sentence. The authors made no comparison of these findings with untreated samples. Sexual offenders Main findings: The purpose of the system is the protection of the public, along with the care, treatment, and rehabilitation of the offender with a view to returning him or her to society. Three refused it, two of whom were later released and committed further serious sexual offences.