Should sex offenders be absolved from public stigma?

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  1. Aristotle
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    I'm most referring to those who suffer from pedophelia (yes its a diagnosable paychiatric disorder) those who have done both group and personal therapy who have done away (or presumably so) with their sexual interest in prepubescent children.

    My question is twofold:

    1) Can someone who suffers from this condition find "absolution" from society

    2) If not, how can someone who is a pedophile, recover if they are constantly bombarded with the reminder of their sins?
     
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    I think you have it backwards: Just as recovering alcoholics admit that they are not "currently" drinking, pedophiles need to remember their addiction in order to keep it under control. That being said, the term "sex offender" is probably too broadly used in today's hypersensitive culture.
     
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    anyone who has ever learned anything about pedophilia knows that it is impossible for a pedophile to keep himself under control. recidivism is almost guaranteed if they aren't imprisoned or chemically castrated.
     
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    Totally agree with the above. It also leads to the issue of current laws usually lumping the pedophilles listed above with other forms of "sex offenders." You can get situations where a 19 year old having consensual sex with his 15 year old girlfriend is considered similar to a flasher, a rapist or the above mentioned pedophile.

    There should be no issue with stigma in society for pedophiles, as they shouldnt be let back into society. As for rapists, well you get what you sow. If the thought of the stigma of being a rapist following you through life is to tough, then dont be a rapist.
     
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    Nope.
     
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    None of them are cured, all will repeat their crimes. The real sex offenders should be locked up in a psych ward for life. The ones that peed in public and other ignorant minor crimes should be let alone.

    What I disagree with is the continued harassment of these people by our system. If we refuse to change the law to properly punish them then we should not deny them places to live and work if we are going to claim they paid their debt. It is Unconstitutional how we treat them.

    Change the damn law. Conviction should result in a life sentence to a psychiatric prison of sorts.
     
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    What evidence do you have that pedophilia is any different than homosexuality? If one can be cured, why not the other?
     
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    Anyone who has ever learned anything about humans knows that individuals can accomplish amazing things.
     
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    I will not say that noone can be "cured" but having worked with a few pedophiles I will say that they don't see that they did anything wrong. They profess "love" for their victim and feel love from them. In their mind all they did was love a person who loves them back.
    It is difficult, at best, to cure someone who firmly believes that they did nothing wrong.
    That is why they have to register and stay away from the age group that could become victims. Just like you they feel it is normal to share their love with one who loves them. They just happen to love kids that are too young to be able to say no.
    Putting them into a mental institution is not viable. Even chemical castration is limited in its results and depends on the perpetrator taking the meds. A bit like giving a wolf a leash and teaching it that it has to put the leash on to stay away from the sheep. When the wolf gets hungry enough it will go after the sheep. It is its nature.
     

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