Reply To: Sex offenders — decision needed

Daniel Silverman

The sad thing is that people will believe what they want to believe regardless of facts. Statistically speaking, it is a fact that sex offender recidivism rates are among the lowest of the low (less than 5% according to some reports, such as a document released by the Virginia DOC) and only get lower the longer a sex offender goes without re-offending. Even so, people continue to believe that ALL sex offenders re-offend. You show them the facts and they reject them outright. In general, it seems that people just want sex offenders to continue to suffer and then just die. So, no, people in general (here in the USA) don’t believe in rehabilitation. They believe in a constant state of retribution. They don’t necessarily want to dirty their own hands, so they want to the government to do the work for them … or drive the sex offender to a place where they will take their own life. It is virtually impossible to have a reasoned and logical discussion on this topic with people who are not involved themselves (i.e. are not sex offenders and/or do not have loved ones that are sex offenders).