Lenore Skenazy, founder of the book, blog and movement Free-Range Kids
Who doesn't want to protect kids from sexual violence? We all do! But our current sex offender laws are turning Americans with autism into pariahs when they don't - can't - understand our social cues and taboos. The result is harsh punishments that don't make children any safer, even as they decimate lives that were already heartbreakingly difficult. Kudos to Dubin and Horowitz for bringing light to one of the saddest and most infuriating issues facing our country.
William C. Buhl, retired Circuit Judge and former District Judge and Prosecuting Attorney
Although this book's focus is on the lack of justice in the criminal justice system for those with disabilities such as autism, it's much more - a well-documented demonstration of the continuation of legislation and policies driven not by evidence and efficacy, but by fear, anger, revenge panic and politics.
Judith Levine, author of Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex
An intimate look at the social and sexual challenges of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders to an informed critique of child pornography prosecutions and the hyper-punishment of sex offenses. The resultant proposals are rational, just, and humane, not only for people with development disabilities but for all criminal defendants.
Ami Klin PhD, Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine
In the past, when the unthinkable happened and an individual within the autism spectrum was charged with sexually-related crimes, parents despaired, clinicians and advocates stood powerless, and a train wreck of destruction followed. No More. This book is now our most powerful weapon to counter a system too rigid to understand, too self-righteous to be just, and too unforgiving to consider scientific facts and clinical knowledge.
Iain Dickie, Researcher, University of CumbriaProbation Journal
This text... represents a crucial exploration into the subject of working with offenders convicted of child pornography or sexual abuse charges. It differentiates itself by considering the perspectives of sexual offenders with a diagnosis of autism and other developmental disabilities and offers a fresh perspective upon current sex offending legislation in the USA... the book has value for probation staff and other professionals working with clients on the autism spectrum, by considering that specific service users with autism convicted of a sexual offence may require alternative interventions and support programmes to those typically offered to service users without additional needs. In doing so, the book highlights the diverse backgrounds of individuals identified as committing a sexual offence and supports the philosophy that treating everyone the same does not equate to true equality.