@eileen_sansom Some psychologists say that sex offenders are suffering from a sickness.
When considering the perpetrators of these acts, it can be difficult for most people to differentiate between sick and evil. Perhaps such evil is a sickness; I am not qualified to say.
@eileen_sansom If it is a sickness as suggested, then I do not understand why cures haven’t been explored further as they are for any other sickness of mind or body.
There are medications that have been proven to work and treat such sicknesses by reducing libido and eliminating urges.
@eileen_sansom If we are agreeing to label these crimes as symptoms of an illness, then the ‘sufferers’ should be allowed the choice to voluntarily take such medication (as they
would for a range of mental illnesses).

@eileen_sansom A person who suffers from psychosis that causes them to hurt other people will be prescribed anti-psychotic medication and if they stopped taking their medication, and behaved in an unstable manner then their perceived risk of harm to other people would be increased.
@eileen_sansom & they may face monitoring or restrictions.
If medication is proven to reduce urges & reduce risk of committing crimes then volunteering to take medication and submitting to regular testing to verify the presence of medication, could form part of sentencing & monitoring.
@eileen_sansom It was recently disclosed that a flagship rehabilitation programme called Sex Offenders Treatment Plan (SOTP) actually increased risk of re-offending.
This highlights the fact that substantially more work must be done and more resources need to be allocated in this area.
@eileen_sansom Victims of abuse are seriously affected by their experiences; the physical hurt, the psychological trauma, the emotional betrayal, the manipulation, the exploitation and the investigative process itself.
@eileen_sansom I have met numerous people who resorted to taking matters into their own hands to achieve closure or a sense of ‘justice’ but then ended up in prison themselves.
@eileen_sansom MOJ Officials and many prison officers say that people shouldn’t compare crimes, that all crime creates victims and all offenders must be treated the same and viewed the same.
I do not agree with this - I think it is essential that we do compare crime and its impact.
@eileen_sansom We must monitor ex-offenders differently and categorise them based on 5 factors:
1) Crime(s) - the rules or laws which they broke.
2) Level of deliberate intent behind the criminality.
3) Risk/ predicted likelihood or chance of re-offending.
@eileen_sansom 4) Circumstances which cause them to commit crime again.
5) Level of harm which reoffending would cause to other people.

There appears to be a vast dichotomy between the comparatively short sentences that perpetrators of sexual abuse and sexual violence receive, when

@eileen_sansom compared to sentences for all other crimes.
e.g: a person who is convicted of deliberately cheating Revenue and Customs to the value of perhaps £60,000 will receive a longer sentence than someone caught in possession of thousands of images (each one a traumatised victim).
@eileen_sansom These outcomes are considered by many to be beyond justification.
When considering harm caused to victims of sex offenders, one cannot help but question what justification there can be for punishments that make a mockery of the lifelong trauma that such victims go through
@eileen_sansom In 2016, 172 sex offenders actually received a non-custodial sentence or a caution for rape – with 129 of them having raped someone under 16 (Source: Civitas - Who goes to prison? By Peter Cuthbertson, December 2017)
@eileen_sansom As explained earlier, abused people often end up becoming criminals and then prisoners themselves.

This is similar to the way that drug supply is a root cause of many crimes and therefore sentences are higher than the crime in isolation may warrant.

@eileen_sansom (20 -24 years for the most serious and significant drug supply crimes) for this reason, surely the same logic should apply to the perpetrators of abuse?

Whilst longer sentences do not reduce re-offending, they do for the duration of the sentence protect the public.
@eileen_sansom Long term there must be more permanent solutions. Rehabilitation and reduction, or ideally prevention, of further harm, is what matters.

@eileen_sansom Regarding convictions for these crimes & particularly in the case of historic allegations, it is apparent that evidence thresholds have fallen & the justice process has been damaged; It would be remiss not to acknowledge that there are innocent people in prison.


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