I never thought I could feel empathy for a child sex offender.
But having spoken to several over the years, I now can.
Some readers may find the concepts in this article confronting.
Many were damaged as children, and while that is no excuse, healing that damage may be the most effective way to prevent the sexual abuse of children.
You might find this approach scandalous, or think that I’m supportive or lenient or condoning the abuse of children. I am not.
I am not an apologist for anyone who hurts, or even thinks about hurting, a child.
But there’s a case to be made to rethink how we treat child sex offenders and online child pornography offenders — if we are serious about breaking the inter-generational cycle of abuse. (Source)