Thanks for your relative calm response.
I have to admit it is a little knee jerk since you know nothing about the case - but it is ok to react. I did too at first until I did some research.
Following your similar thought line I am sure you think that the Catholic church should be shut down since most of the priests are offenders? The media makes priests out to be the worst things on earth.
Have you reviewed the actually numbers? (See end on me response for the numbers)
From your comments about recidivism and rehab. Where did you attain your evidence to form your opinion? Most of the stats below I found from Government sources speak a different world than you do. When you compile a " low risk person" - no previous criminal record, education, and other factors recidivism is around 1-4% is amongst the lowest of any criminal population. Keep in mind a “sex offender” could be simply someone with 3 images of a minor on their computer and in some states urinating in public is charged as a “sex offense”.
"It makes little sense to keep serious sex offenders in prison for many years, providing them with no treatment and exposing them to violence which makes them more dangerous, and then spend million of dollars evaluating and “treating” them as sexually violent predators. Many sex offenders can be safely treated in the community but recent laws have made this extremely difficult. At this point, it is virtually impossible to find residential substance abuse treatment for a registered sex offender anywhere in the United States, due to residency restrictions. This is another problem which puts many of them at greater risk for re-offense. "
Expanding Sex Offender Treatment
by Jay Adams, Ph.D.
“…In terms of rehabilitation, the economic and social marginalization of sex offenders resulting from poorly developed policies can create psychosocial stressors that may increase dynamic risk for reoffense. Negative moods, instability, and lack of social support have been associated with sexual reoffending (Hanson & Harris, 1998;2001). Defiance theory suggests that harsh sanctions perceived as unfair by criminal offenders can set up a counter-therapeutic reaction when offenders lament the injustice of discrimination and rebel against society’s iniquitous treatment of them (Sherman, 1993).* In fact, conformity to the norms of society and desistance from crime are enhanced when offenders are given opportunities for community integration, civic contribution, and investment in prosocial roles such as employment, property ownership, and parenting (Kruttschnitt, Uggen, & Shelton, 2000; Rowe, Kloos, Chinman, Davidson, & Cross, 2001; Sherman, 1993; Uggen, Manza, & Behrens, 2004; Uggen, Manza, & Thompson, 2006). Ostracizing sex offenders may divert their energies and attention from the real task of learning therapeutic skills and positive cognitions to prevent future abuse, and leave them overly focused on their anger at society and sense of unfairness…”
Myths and Facts about Sexual Offenders: Implications for Treatment and Public Policy
Timothy Fortney1, Jill Levenson2, Yolanda Brannon3 & Juanita N. Baker4
"Noteworthy, however, is that the DOJ found that many
more new sex crimes were committed by other types of criminals (87%) than by previously identified sex offenders (13%).
Other sex offense recidivism studies, conducted by Canadian
researchers and involving nearly 30,000 sex offenders from North America and England,
found an average re-arrest rate of 14% over 4-6 years (Hanson & Bussiere, 1998; Hanson & Morton-Bourgon, 2005). Recidivism rates fluctuate according to risk factors such as criminal history, victim preferences, and offender age.
Although official recidivism rates do underestimate true reoffense rates, Harris and
Hanson (2004) concluded: “Most sexual offenders do not re-offend sexually over time …
this finding is contrary to some strongly held beliefs. After 15 years, 76% of sexual offenders had not been charged with, or convicted of, another criminal offence. "
According to a study by the U.S. Department of Justice, 5.3% of American sex
offenders are rearrested for a new sex crime within three years (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2003).
Regarding our church: people focus on the bad:
"Specifically, there is no reason to assume the rate of child sexual abuse to be greater among Catholic clergy than among Protestant clergy. For instance, in California alone during 2001, there were six convictions involving Protestant ministers and sex-related crimes with minors. There are approximately 46,000 Catholic priests in the United States and 300 cases filed to date, which is under .7% of the priesthood. There are approximately 324,000 Protestant churches in the United States. If the math is correct, the number of cases among Protestant denominations could potentially dwarf the size of the Catholic scandal.
What does all this mean? Why are we focusing on this terrible tragedy? It has nothing to do with Catholicism, Protestantism, or the truth of Christianity in general. It is a humbling reminder that we live in a fallen world, a world prone to sin and deceit …"
Thanks for listening.