October 2, 2008

A New Understanding

On this week's Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, my understanding of pedophilia was challenged, to say the least. In this episode, the detectives dealt with persons who were clearly sexually aroused by children but had never engaged in any criminal behavior (they even exchanged photos of children on the internet... fully clothed). This was a new concept for me, but if you think about it, all pedophiles must have started with a fantasy. I'm sure most offenders would agree that they tried to resist their urges, knowing the consequences of their actions, but they were eventually overwhelmed by their own desires.

The episode leaves me questioning whether or not it is possible for people to have these strong urges and to truly never cross the line. Are these people just ticking time bombs waiting to explode? If so, don't we have a responsibility to our children to find ways to prosecute these men before they cross that line and destroy lives? Unfortunately, law enforcement cannot convict someone for his fantasies - at least not yet.

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