Personal Growth Initiatives Among Perpetrators of Sexual Violence in Correctional Institutes

  • Theresia Indira Shanti Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia
  • Reneta Kristiani Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia
  • Evelyn Tandias Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia
  • Theresa Wynne Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia
  • Benedictus Wishnu Samudera Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia
  • Carmen Claudia
Keywords: sexual violence, perpetrators, personal growth initiative, correctional institutes


Victims, rather than perpetrators, have been commonly the focus of sexual violence research and intervention. The ability of perpetrators to initiate the personal growth initiative (PGI) process on their own is the topic of this research. Six sexual violence perpetrators who are now wards of penal institutions in Indonesia and have exhibited high PGI Scale-II scores, are the participants of the study. The convenience sample method was used to recruit six persons for a focus group discussion on PGI. Findings reveal that these wards have time to reflect on their actions and emotional blunders, prepare themselves for a better life, and plan what they will do after being freed from penal institutions. We suggest that violators explore various personal development activities that can aid in self-improvement.


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How to Cite
Shanti, T. I., Kristiani, R., Tandias, E., Wynne, T., Samudera, B. W., & Claudia, C. (2022). Personal Growth Initiatives Among Perpetrators of Sexual Violence in Correctional Institutes . Journal of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development, 8(1), 18-29.