Additional Resources and Information
Durham CoSA - Why and How We Do What We Do
Circles of Support and Accountability on the website Robin J. Wilson, Ph.D.
Durham CoSA Tri-Fold
Penzey's Spices Earth Day Article
Durham Herald-Sun Article
Courageous Communities Article
Leader-Post Article: Calling a sex offender "Friend"
Independent UK Article: Making friends with a paedophile: 'We can't kill him, so we help him not to do it again'
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Circles of Support and Accountability?
A Circle of Support and Accountability consists of 4 to 7 community volunteers and a core member, who is a recently released sex offender. Through covenanting, meeting and walking daily the circle supports the core member in their integration into the community and assists them in living a productive and accountable life.
How do we know CoSA’s work?
CoSA’s have been used in Canada for nearly 20 years, and in the UK for over a decade. Empirical evaluations demonstrate a reduction in re-offense of 70% or greater among released sex offenders when they have a Circle of Support and Accountability.
Where is concern for the victims?
The prime imperative of CoSA is victims. The CoSA mission is to substantially reduce sexual victimization by offering support and accountability for offenders. Community volunteers are recruited, screened and carefully trained to work with former sex offenders so that the CoSA slogan, “No More Victims” will become a reality.
How much time will this take?
About three hours per week on average. Circles meet weekly for an hour or so. Additionally, circle members share in making a daily contact (phone or face-to-face) with the core member. There are also additional training opportunities during the year.
How do I get more information?
Contact the Coordinator for Durham CoSA, Drew Doll at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-228-0997. You may also visit our website at www.durhamcosa.org.