Why Offer Pedophiles Therapy?

Admittedly, with this subject, no matter what I write there will be criticism, but it’s worth it if others will take a step back from the emotions and consider true solutions to the problem of pedophilia. Fear and anger are normal responses to child molestation but they can’t form the basis of any real solution. Instead havening therapist near me, we need to understand the problem, craft prevention strategies, determine effective punishment and establish treatments for both the victims and the pedophiles. Since prevention, victim treatment and pedophile convict treatment/punishment are exhaustively covered elsewhere, we’re going to focus, here, on therapy for pedophiles (and potential pedophiles) as part of the crime prevention strategy.

Punishment For Sexual Offenders is strongly and appropriately favored by pretty much everyone but the offenders. These are heinous criminal acts done to people who cannot defend themselves. When you add the cruelty of threat and terror imposed by the pedophiles who know their victims, it becomes clear that every time we catch someone like this, they need to be punished to the full extent of the law. As opposed to popular belief, though, punishment (usually with therapy) is pretty effective for those convicted. The repeat conviction rate for child molesters is 13%, according to the Center For Sex Offender Management (CSOM). This suggests punishment has a significant deterrent effect on the convicted pedophile.

Molestation Crime Statistics As effective as punishment is with those caught, it appears to have little or no deterrent effect on pedophiles, at large. Some would say we need more laws, stronger punishments or more aggressive law enforcement. This misses the most important points about the crime of molestation. If you want more laws, OK, but these crimes are very aggressively enforced as it is, with conviction rates regularly exceeding 60%, which is pretty good. This is where understanding of the problem can help us establish better prevention, treatment and punishment options.

Molestation is a secret crime, with over 90% of molesters having a relationship with the victim, usually someone close to the victim’s family. The victim will very likely see their molester again…and they know it. The terrorism this relationship creates is often more devastating psychologically than the actual physical abuse. Also, when faced with the prospect of disrupting the family or sending a close loved one to jail, a child will often choose to endure repeated molestation. This false loyalty adds guilt and self-loathing to the damage already done to the victim. According to a 1997 US Justice Department study, “children have experienced (but not reported) levels of victimization that far exceed those reported for adults.” In another study, the Justice Department concluded that less than 10% of molestations are reported.

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