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The National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers is “committed to the prevention of sexual abuse by influencing policy and by promoting and supporting effective interventions primarily with people who sexually abuse”. This is admirable and difficult work they’re doing, working with perpetrators of terrible abuses in the interests of potential victims.

None of which quite explains this Powerpoint presentation. The original is downloadable here from NOTA’s website, which you might want to do simply to check that I haven’t tampered with it.

Most of it, I should say from the off, is perfectly sensible. It’s an assessment of the MASRAM (multi-agency risk assessment meeting) process, and most of it consists of relevant facts and figures. It begins straightforwardly enough:

Slide 1

Slide 3

Makes sense. You know where you are with this stuff.

Slide 4

So far, so comprehensible. Then, out of nowhere, this:

Slide 5

Sadly, there’s no record of what the person giving the presentation was meant to say at this point. And any slight awkwardness in the room would not necessarily be dispelled by the lighthearted clip art that followed:

Slide 6

And again:

Slide 7

And, er…

Slide 8

Thankfully, the designer of the presentation then abandons clip art for a while and settles for the direct communication of information, although some of it is information you would hope that people working with child sex offenders might already have some grasp of:

Slide 17

But nothing prepares you for the fact that, presumably to illustrate the information on this slide:

Slide 15

the designer, after some thought, opted for—and I can’t stress enough how much I am not making this up—this:

Slide 16


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 30th, 2008 10:04 am (UTC)
Apr. 30th, 2008 10:40 am (UTC)
That is ...insane. I think Tom Mc Gonigle might have been in the throes of some kind of breakdown.
Apr. 30th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
So basically... dogs are paedophiles?
The public needs to know!
Apr. 30th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
When was the last time a cat humped your leg?
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
94 - 96%
... so that means that if I'm all right, then every other man on my street would have to be, if you believe that nonsensical and unprovable statistic, a kiddy fiddler, including my normal Dad and the normal neighbours next door.
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Re: 94 - 96%
No, it's saying 94-96% of abusers are men, not that 94-96% of men are abusers.
Apr. 30th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
I hope when viewing slide 17 more words fade in with a nice dissolve effect...

Nonce, Pervert, Kiddie Fiddler, etc.
Apr. 30th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
May. 1st, 2008 09:09 am (UTC)
I know someone who works in CCTV control in local government. He went to a conference where there was a 20 minute "gag reel" involving a series of serious car crashes, which reminds me of this.
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