And anyway, the term "sex offender" is abused these days. You can't even piss in an alley without being called a sex offender in some places.
If by "risky" you mean "likely to reoffend," that's actually completely untrue. Look at the recidivism statistics posted earlier - sex offenders are less "risky" than the average criminal.To me it doesn't matter if they can be rehabilited or not - it'd be too risky. Especially since child molestation is a "thrill crime" - people who do that get pleasue from the crime itself. Crimes like mugging and robbing usually have a normal motive (ex. the person needs money). "Thrill killers/rapists" are too risky to be given the chance to be let out IMO.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
It's not about "curing" someone. You can't "therapy" a straight person gay just like you can't "therapy" a pedophile not to be. But just like just about every gay male out there, they aren't out ass screwing in public, they learn to control themselves and that's what pedophiles must learn to do. Now a pedophile and a child molester are not the same thing. It's been proven time and time again that a lot of "child molesters" actually test zero sexual attraction to kids, so that isn't a pedophile. That's a freak, but not a pedo. So many molestations occur and aren't sexual at all. That's why castration rarely helps. The attraction, if it's there, is in the mind, not the penis. It's an act of power, not sex. Therapy involves teaching a sex offender (I will not say pedophile or rapist because by no means do all sex offenders fall under those categories) how to avoid the situation that got them into trouble in the first place. If they find trouble when they drink, then they are taught to stay away from the bottle. If they were abused as children and are lashing out at kids in anger, they are encouraged to get counseling regarding those issues. If a spouse cheated on them and they lash out by raping women, they are taught how to deal with that anger.
Stats definitely show that offenders who've been through SOTP are less like to reoffend than those who haven't. The jury isn't still out, its definitely in.
Nobody can be cured if indeed they are a true to god pedophile. But it's not about curing, because there are pedophiles out there you will never know about because most never act out on their desires. So if most can hold back, we can teach the rest to as well.
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Do I agree with what? Murder when murder wasn't committed? Absolutely not. Because there is no way to be absolutely certain of what happened without it being caught on camera. Since there is no guarentee of accuracy of the court system and death is final, I will NEVER support the death penalty in a case where a death didn't result from the crime. Life in prison, yes, but death, no.
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