We get a lot of comments on this blog, most of them great. However, I have long ago stopped being amazed by some of the statements certain people leave here. Especially when they are saying particularly awful things that are not at all true, and then repeat them every chance they get. It is as if they believe that repetition improves veracity, and even their most egregious lies somehow become less untrue if they are repeated often.
You should probably also consider why there are people in this community willing to defend such abhorrent behaviors as child molesting, and are happy to spend their time inventing completely untrue nonsense to defend those who have committed this crime. Yes, they are out there. And some of them are hardly shy about it.
Probably one of the ugliest of these canards goes something along the lines of this following unholy whopper, which was deposited here on the blog once again yesterday. With follow ups from others.
"Most people who have long ago committed a sex offense (and have not repeated since) will likely not repeat; this is a statistic empirically proven, but ignored somehow ignored by our police, judges, politicians, and the media. Awknowledging this fact does not help their excessive salaries and pensions or need for emotionally-charged publicity. We have seen the effect harsh penalties have had on our nephew who made a mistake when he was 23 years old. He is a good person who deserves to move on long after he paid his sentence, as he is now 28 years old."
I am not sure where this individual got his "statistic empirically proven" because he didn't say. But the gist of the claim seems to be that sex offenders, and in particular child molesters, once punished, are unlikely to ever again repeat that crime. Therefore they should be happily welcomed back into the community where their atrocious acts were committed and allowed the same freedoms as everyone else.
So is any of that true? Apparently not. In the hopes of clearing some of this egregious nonsense up, I thought I'd post here today a few passages from a study called, "Recidivism of Adult Sexual Offenders." It comes to us from the U.S. Department of Justice, and can be accessed in its entirety by clicking here.
As you can see, the recidivism rates of child molesters are hardly low. And those recidivism rates do not improve with the passage of time. Despite what the author of the blog comment I cited here today claims.
Which leads to another important point that needs to be shared.
I hope that clears things up a little.
Another article you might want to check out
It is called "Stalking the Bogeyman" and comes to us from the publication Westword. It is a pretty powerful account, and you can read it by clicking here.