The issue of sexual abuse is a global socio‐political one, which means that, despite international differences in policy and practice surrounding sexual abuse, the creation and implementation of these policies and practices are politically sensitive. This chapter will critically consider the risk management strategies that are “common” internationally (including imprisonment, community supervision, treatment, registration, notification/disclosures, and residence restrictions); in doing so, we will highlight that, despite international
differences in regard to punitivism, all sexual offense‐related policies and practices are rooted in a common frame of public protection and risk management. The chapter will also highlight the collateral consequences of these policies on the individuals who experience them, and what that means with respect to public protection and risk management. The chapter will close with a discussion of how the emerging discourse of prevention fits within a risk management framework—can we balance punitiveness and prevention in a global political landscape that often caters to a public that demands punishment while hoping for prevention and rehabilitation?