Stopping Sexual Abuse Before It Happens: A Conversation with Christine Friestad and Ingeborg Jenssen Sandbukt

Recorded on March 29, 2022

Hosted by: David Prescott
Guest Speakers: Christine Friestad, Ph.D and Ingeborg Jenssen Sandbukt, MSc

In the past decade, Norway has taken an active role in developing services for preventing sexual violence.  Christine Friestad and Ingeborg Jenssen Sandbukt have helped develop a program for helping people who have a sexual interest in children. They also took the lead in implementing the Good Lives Model in the Basis Project, a treatment program for high-risk/high-needs individuals who have sexually abused.

In this webinar conversation, Ms. Friestad and Ms. Sandbukt will describe their efforts in making these projects happen. Like many professionals around the world, they have faced challenges in the areas of implementing the highest-quality treatment, assisting with community reintegration, coping with stigma, and making services available to those who have not felt that they could trust those offering help.


Christine Friestad, Ph.D
Psychologist and Researcher, Center for Research and Education in Forensic Psychiatry, Oslo University Hospital, Norway

Christine Friestad, PhD, is a psychologist and researcher at the Center for Research and Education in Forensic Psychiatry, Oslo University Hospital, Norway and associate professor at the University College of Norwegian Correctional Service. Her research focuses on mental health among prison populations, concentrating especially on perpetrators of violent and sexual crimes. She has been involved in developing prevention programs for sexual violence, both in the correctional service and as part of the specialist mental health service. 


Ingeborg Jenssen Sandbukt, MSc
Criminologist, Center for Research and Education in Forensic Psychiatry, Oslo University Hospital

Ingeborg Jenssen Sandbukt, MSc, is a criminologist and employed at the Center for Research and Education in Forensic Psychiatry, Oslo University Hospital. Her research interests include sexual offending, stigma, labeling, reentry and prevention, and she has been involved in developing a holistic treatment service for imprisoned high-risk/high-needs individuals. She is currently working on her PhD project where she interviews individuals who have multiple convictions for sexual offenses about how they understand their recidivism processes and the different mechanisms involved.

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