About post – “Male 52 with sexual fantasies for underage girls"
I have a confession to make. The above confession I made a couple of days ago was not truthful of me. I submitted it to gauge a reaction. This was driven by a curiosity, which developed off the back of a conversation with a group of friends. One of the guys had said, if a guy had pedofile desires, and confessed ahead of any offending, what reaction would he get? In his opinion it would be very negative and destructive towards them so why would they do it.
This was something I had never considered. Interesting thought that a potential offender, being proactive and seeking advice ahead of actually offending, would be met with a significant amount of hostility. If this were true, it wouldn’t actually encourage someone to do the “right thing” would it? Hence, the fictitious confession to gauge a sample of this reaction.
I read an article about a guy in Germany who had similar desires to those I described in my original post. He had sought and received help ahead of any criminality or anyone getting hurt. I am not sure if there is anything similar in the UK. If there is, I suggest that it is not well publicised enough.
As for the reaction to my original post, look it up and read for yourselves, but, there is unsurprisingly hostility and shock and nothing thus far (at the time of writing this) that would encourage a person in that situation to come forward and get professional help. One of the comments was “I would castrate a man with a rusty knife if he came near my daughter. Then I'd leave him to bleed out in a filthy basement with rats. :)” - Note the smiley face at the end! WTF is that?
In my opinion, to lessen the risk some of our population have on our wider society, whether this scenario or other serious offending, we need a mechanism that encourages proactive behaviour and does not condemn, reject, mock or show hostility towards it.
I know that this is a difficult sensitive subject and I am no expert but, something better is required IMOP. Your thoughts people?