“A typical pedophile will commit 117 sexual crimes in a lifetime”
Two recent headlines made me want to write an op-ed about this subject:
Sex offender chased, fatally shot naked teenage boy in broad daylight:
(Pennsylvania) Several witnesses told police they saw 16-year-old Kyan King running from the gunman Saturday afternoon and screaming for help, telling some of them he had been raped, according to an arrest affidavit. The suspect, convicted felon Orlando Duarte, tried fleeing the crime scene on foot, but he was eventually taken into custody and charged with criminal homicide and criminal possession of a firearm. Police described the pair as “acquaintances,” noting that Kyan left a message in Duarte’s apartment that read: “It’s K.K. If you’re reading this, I am dead.”
Man accused of killing his 9 month old daughter who he sexually assaulted :
Houston Tx – A man is in custody, Luis Luna charged in the death of his 9-month-old daughter. Investigators say the child was sexually assaulted It happened early last week. Harris County deputies were called to an apartment complex at 15035 Westpark shortly after midnight on Aug. 24 about an unresponsive infant. That infant was transported to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy would show she had been sexually assaulted and died from asphyxiation during the assaultAn autopsy would show she had been sexually assaulted and died from asphyxiation during the assault.
The Facts are Staggering:
- There are more than 42 million survivors of sexual abuse in America. (National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse)
- 1 in 3 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18. (The Advocacy Center)
- 1 in 5 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. (The Advocacy Center)
- 1 in 5 children are solicited sexually while on the Internet before the age of 18. (National Children’s Alliance: Nationwide Child Abuse Statistics)
- 30% of sexual abuse is never reported. (Child Sex Abuse Prevention and Protection Center)
- Nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults (including assaults on adults) occur to children age 17 and under. (Children’s Advocacy Center)
- 90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way. (S. Department of Justice)
- Approximately 20% of the victims of sexual abuse are under age eight. (Broward County)
- 95% of sexual abuse is preventable through education. (Child Molestation Research and Prevention Institute)
- 38% of the sexual abusers of boys are female. (Broward County)
- There is worse lasting emotional damage when a child’s sexual abuse started before the age of six, and lasted for several years. Among child and teen victims of sexual abuse there is a 42 percent increased chance of suicidal thoughts during adolescence. (American Counseling Association)
- “More than 90% of individuals with a developmental delay or disability will be sexually assaulted at least once in their lifetime.” (Valenti-Heim, D.m Schwartz L.)
- “There are nearly half a million registered sex offenders in the U.S. – 80,000 to 100,000 of them are missing.” (The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
- “A typical pedophile will commit 117 sexual crimes in a lifetime.” (National Sex Offenders Registry)
For years and years the Psychiatric community has tried to understand the etiology and pathology of sex offenders in an attempt to prevent relapse. As the statistics cited above reflect, incidents of predatory sexual behavior continue to drastically increase. What the statistics also show is that overwhelmingly, children who are molested suffer lifetime psychological distress in the form of multiple disorders including anxiety, suicidal ideation, and numerous studies have linked the impact that sexual abuse has on sexual identity. For the victim it is a lifelong sentence.
Should We Chemically Castrate Sex Offenders to Prevent More Abuse?
Different State Approaches to Castration for Sex Offenders:
Both the California and Florida statutes provide for mandatory injections for repeat sex offenders, as well as discretionary injections for first-time offenders. Despite the mandatory language in the Florida law, the law has apparently been invoked only a few times since its passage in 1997. In California, at least 15 repeat sex offenders have requested surgical castration as a way to avoid indefinite incarceration and over the past three years, two offenders have been released from state mental hospitals following surgery.
Pursuant to a 1997 law, Texas permits surgical castration of offenders. By May 2005, three men had undergone the voluntary procedure. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age, have had at least two sex offense convictions, and have undergone at least 18 months of sex offender treatment, including Depo Provera injections, to understand how their bodies might react with less testosterone.
Alabama is the latest state to adopt a mandatory chemical castration law. The law forces adult sex offenders whose victims were 12 or younger to begin the treatment at least a month before getting released on parole and continue until a court determines that they can stop. Offenders must pay for their own treatment, though inability to pay cannot be used as grounds to deny parole.
States continue to experiment with various types of surgical and chemical castration for sex offenders. Colorado state prison officials have been experimenting with the administration of anti-depressants to offenders in order to determine whether they may be an effective tool in controlling their sexual compulsions.
Protecting the Rights of Child Molesters
It would seem as though there are laws available to be used against sex offenders but implementation has been negligible. Organization such as the ACLU have opposed chemical or physical castration arguing that these methods violate sex offenders constitutional rights.
But what about the children who are being sexually molested, violated and psychologically damaged for life, who is protecting their rights? The sexualization of children and now trafficking, has reached epidemic proportions. Recently we heard of at least 2 police actions that recovered sex trafficked children here in the U.S.
When a bill was introduced last year in Alabama by Rep. Steve Hurst he stated, “I had people call me in the past when I introduced it and said, ‘Don’t you think this is inhumane?’ I asked them what’s more inhumane than when you take a little infant child, and you sexually molest that infant child when the child cannot defend themselves or get away, and they have to go through all the things they have to go through. If you want to talk about inhumane – that’s inhumane.”
Slowly the mechanics of inaction and rationalizing pedophilia are in play. There are many people who feel sex with pre-teens and children should be decriminalized. I hope & pray it never comes to this.
Death is the only cure!.
As the headline implies – Death is the only cure for someone who would rape a 9 month old (with or without homicide). And I realize that the offender is also likely to have been a victim of child abuse as it is a cycle that repeats, and this is why DEATH is the only cure. And if not death, then physical castration, yes mutilating genitalia should be the defacto treatment option in addition to concurrent incarceration (general population). Think of all the societal ills that would be resolved if we would just take definitive action to stop child molestation & sexual predators. It is arguably inhumane to not do so, in my opinion.
Final thought- Does a father who molested and killed his 9 month old deserve to have his rights protected? Or, does he deserve castration without the benefit of anesthesia expeditiously, while he awaits his death sentence! I’m going with plan A- KILL HIM
Tips to prevent child sexual abuse:
- Be informed. Child sexual abuse is one of the most prevalent, most hidden risks that kids in our communities face. One in 10 children in the United States will be sexually abused before they turn 18, and still too few people know about the extent of the problem.
- Keep your eyes and ears open. Offenders operate by access, privacy, and control. Step back and consider who your child interacts with, where they interact, and how your child responds to these interactions.
- Teach children their boundaries. Children have personal boundaries, and violating them is a form of abuse. Empower your children to understand their:
Physical boundaries: Who can touch them, how much, and where
Emotional boundaries: How close they are to a person, how much time they spend with that person, and what information they share
Behavioral boundaries: What rules they are to follow, and what they should or should not do
- Set clear guidelines. Make sure everyone in the family respects each other’s rights to privacy in dressing, bathing, sleeping, and other personal activities. Be clear about the difference between “okay” touch and inappropriate touch. Use proper names for body parts so children have a clear understanding of their bodies and the correct language for asking questions or describing behavior that could be sexual abuse.
- Know what “crossing the line” means. Know what boundary violations can look like, so you can watch for red flags. Physical boundary violations can mean tickling, massaging, horseplay, or going overboard with affection. Emotional violations can include acting possessive, pretending to be the child’s friend on social media, or sending excessive or inappropriate text messages. Behavioral violations involve manipulating kids into doing things they wouldn’t normally do like keep secrets, look at pornography, or use drugs or alcohol.
- Say yes to “no.” Give children ways to say “no” if someone tries to violate a boundary. Teach them to yell “Leave me alone,” or “My body is private.” Role-play to help kids get comfortable saying no, and let them know these phrases can be used for other children as well as adults.
- Let children get away. Teach children to move away from anyone who is violating their boundaries and to tell another grown-up what is going on. Let them know that no one should be making them feel uncomfortable or asking them to keep “secrets.”
- Start talking – and keep talking. Take the lead in talking to your children about what is healthy sexual behavior and what is unhealthy. Let everyone in the family know they can ask questions and talk freely. Continue to bring up the conversation as children learn and grow, so they always understand what’s appropriate and what isn’t.
- Stay on top of your children’s use of technology. The Internet, email, instant messaging, webcams, social media sites, and cell phones create the illusion of anonymity. Monitor your child’s online behavior, and make sure your child’s interactions are visible and public. Also, teach your child to never give out personal information.
- Know your resources. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of sexual abuse, prevention tips, and ways to intervene. If you do suspect abuse, know how to report it promptly and get the right support. Bookmark these resources to stay informed and take action:
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