Sex Abuse Researchers Want Rehab, Not Prison For Sexual Offenders

Why therapy, and no prison time, for sex offenders? Because children are not regarded as something to defend, protect, love, and nourish. Children are allowed to be abused, abandoned, murdered by their own mothers, sexually violated, humiliated and betrayed. Society turns its collective head to child sexual abuse and child murder by blaming the victim, by not wanting to hear the ugly details, and by saying it won’t really affect the child. And instead of wanting to make sex offenders pay for their crimes and to protect future potential victims, many people say, “let’s help the sick perpetrator instead.”

“As North America’s top experts on sex abuse gather in Toronto this week, a philosophical debate about how to treat some of society’s most reviled criminals is coming into stark focus.

The U.S. and Canadian specialists converging for their annual meeting say evidence is mounting that a “public health” approach centred on treatment, rather than lengthy incarceration, stands the best chance of curbing the sex offenders’ fearful urges and protecting the public.

Victims groups and the current federal government worried about what they consider lenient courts are pushing a more punitive approach, embodied by proposed new legislation that would force many sexual “predators” to spend at least five years in prison.

Delegates to the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse conference say Canada has been among the world leaders in championing an evidence-based, balanced treatment of the sexual-abuse problem, though they worry its progressive reputation among treatment professions is becoming “tarnished.”

Sex abuse “problem?” It sounds like a pesky fly that needs to be waved away.

“Countless studies show that therapies including a Canadian-developed “circle of support” to ease offenders back into society will reduce repeat offences, said Dr. James Cantor, a Toronto psychologist who works with abusers.”

“Circle of support” for the sex offenders? How about a world-wide symbolic shield of protection and a sword of truth that puts child rapists in prison for life, and that sentences their female counter-parts, who knowingly allow the child to be raped and molested, to lengthy prison terms for not helping the child.

“The research overwhelmingly supports a health-care approach and a community-safety approach as opposed to a punitive approach,” said Dr. Cantor, with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. “It’s the prevention and public education that seems to have a … less direct but stronger ability to prevent sexual abuse.”

Sure, lets tell all the potential sex offenders that they can sexually abuse kids all they want because, when they get caught, they will receive loads of therapy and be released back into society. Their victims on the other hand, will only receive therapy if their family can afford it, and if the victim can find the courage to speak to a stranger about the deep shame and guilt they feel, and if they have not killed themselves yet.

“Some supporters of a law-and-order direction, though, say judges swayed by the testimony of such treatment professionals are handing out too many conditional or otherwise lenient sentences, and question the repeat-offending statistics that underpin the whole treatment model.

“The … system we have in Canada, often leaves [accused abusers] feeling that they’ve won, even if they were convicted,” said Roz Prober, whose group Beyond Borders raises awareness about child sexual exploitation. “Some way you have to get a message through to people that what they are doing is entirely wrong and hugely damaging.”

They already KNOW it’s wrong! They do it anyway!

“She said her group wholeheartedly supports treatment, coupled with stiff sentences, but complained that the data on repeat offences touted by Canadian professionals as proof their techniques work are often based on criminal-conviction statistics and underestimate the problem. Government “victimization” surveys suggest that much sexual abuse goes unreported or does not lead to charges and convictions, said the Winnipeg-based victim advocate.

Canadians lose confidence in the justice system if the punishment fails to match the crime, said Julie DiMambro, press secretary to Rob Nicholson, the Justice Minister.

“Sexual exploitation of children causes irreparable harm to the youngest and most vulnerable members of our society,” she said in an emailed response to questions. “This means putting the rights of victims before the rights of criminals.”

Amen to that!

“The more correctional-oriented philosophy is getting a significant prod with the Protecting Children from Sexual Predators Act, a government bill that would impose mandatory minimum sentences for several existing offences, as well as creating two new crimes. Judges, for instance, would have to mete out a penalty of at least five years to those found guilty of incest, aggravated sexual assault or sexual assault with a weapon involving a child under 16.

Ironically, Dr. Cantor said, many of the American treatment specialists coming here for the association’s annual meeting would like to see the States move to the less-correctional stance that has been the Canadian tradition in the past.

“For probably the last 15 or 20 years, the system in Canada has been the envy of the rest of the civilized world,” said Dr. Robin Wilson, a prominent Toronto psychologist who relocated to Florida. “[Now] our friends in the U.S. are saying ‘What’s up with Canada? Why are you trying to fix a system that is not broken?’ ”

Lengthy, automatic prison terms for sex offenders only create hardened criminals who are beyond being fixed by treatment, making them more dangerous when they get out, he charged.”

I vote for lengthy prison sentences AND a good treatment program.

“Dr. Cantor said the public’s image of sexual offenders has been skewed by television crime shows that tend to depict extremely rare stranger abductions and torture, while the vast majority of abusers are related to or know their victims, often teenagers part of a generally “chaotic” family.”

Well, I’ve got news for Dr. Cantor: Stranger abductions may be relatively rare, but countless children are being tortured and raped, and virtually kidnapped, in their own homes by those who are supposed to love them. In addition, long-term incest usually creates much more psychological damage on the victim than short-term stranger abductions coupled with child rape does.

“The $85,000 a year spent on each additional sex offender held behind bars could be better invested in treatment and research that will ultimately make society safer, he argued.”

Most victims of child sexual abuse will say that the psychological, emotional, and spiritual damage from rape and molestation, is equal to murder of the soul. There is no other crime, except child murder, that is so heinous. What if these experts decided that child murderers should also just have therapy and be released back into society? I see no difference. These researchers are essentially saying that the sexual assault of a child is excusable.

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4 Responses to Sex Abuse Researchers Want Rehab, Not Prison For Sexual Offenders

  1. Serieve Marie Elizabeth Andrews says:

    I will reply again, but:

    ”Dr.” Cantor, only one question:

    How long have you been abusing children yourself?

    Valid question, I would say.

  2. little nel says:

    There is no such thing as a rehabilitated child molester. We have lots of research to prove it. Why such denial on the part of the professionals.

    I just heard that two mothers who violently murdered their daughters have been “rehabed” and the judge applauded them when he let them out of jail. Their daughters are still dead, but the mom’s are now free to do whatever they want again.

    Casey Anthony would have been set free after “rehab” by this judge and applauded.

    I am outraged!

  3. pamela judd says:

    Rehab,load of crap,lock the mongrels up,repeat offender,CASTERATE

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