Child Killers and Molesters
Crimes against innocent children have been, and continue, to pose serious problems. The victims of such crimes have life long issues that they must deal with for the rest of their lives. Children who are murdered leave family members behind with a multitude of issues to deal with. It ranges from guilt for not protecting their child to all sorts of psychological issues. Child killers and molesters should have more severe punishments including mandatory rehabilitation programs, mandatory registration programs, and life-long case management.
Child killers and molesters should be given mandatory rehabilitation. “More than half of cases on molesters and pedophiles found committed their first offence by the age of 16” (Child Molesters). Many molesters are molested victims themselves who were molested as adolescents. A victim of sexual abuse victimizes others performing similar acts for their own sexual stimulations. “Convicted rapist are usually incarcerated, and receive treatment I high-structure settings” (Hillbrand). Although mandated treatment is a common disposition for convicted sex offenders, there is little evidence to support its effectiveness. More recently individually-tailored techniques, which include careful assessments and a broad mix of techniques, have shown some benefits. “Convicted child molesters receive treatment in low-structure setting of outpatient psychotherapy” (Hillbrand). Child molesters have been found to have less pathology than their rapist counterparts. Thus, child molesters have been found to benefit from outpatient therapy in a lower structure setting.
Mandatory registration programs should not be forgotten and surely charged. “Approximately 25% of registered sex offenders are excluded from public disclosure by law” (Megan’s Law). Some registered sex offender’s benefit from Megan’s Law, which allows them to apply for and be granted exclusion from public disclosure. Exclusion from disclosure to the...
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