1. No one is born a sexual predator, they become one.

2. There are different sorts of predators with specific paraphilias but usually more than one sort.

3. A combination of attachment issues, personality disorder, cognitive distortions, and moral disengagement is at play.
4. Sexual predators start early and stay late. Early intervention can help. Most sex offender self report to lifetime offences.

5. They offend in their heads when they can’t offend with their bodies.

6. Recividism rates reflect getting caught, not actual offences.
7. Sex offenders should be treated — they should never be trusted.

8. The issue of redemption is a tricky one that I have wrestled with deeply.

9. Great evil requires a great remedy — those who commit the former, rarely want the latter.
10. True monsters are rare but they exist. Sex offenders dehumanize their victims with sexual abuse. Any remedy to the problem of sexual abuse will include humanizing offenders and understanding the pathway to pathology. It is humans who do these inhumane things to other humans.

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24 Feb
One thing that concerns me is discussion around sin and sexual abuse. To be sure, sex offenders sin against, others — but they do much more than the run of the mill sinfulness.

They hunt humans.
Sex offenders engage in various forms of sexual deviancy (paraphilias) and utilize in extensive cognitive distortions along with moral disengagement that the average human can’t comprehend.

Why?
It never even occurs to us.

Why?
Because we are not sex offenders.
Well meaning folks apply their own moral code to sex offenders.

This is a grave mistake.

You’d feel terrible if you hurt someone. You’d be wracked with guilt. You’d confess, repent, and never to it again.

You probably wouldn’t sexually abuse someone either.
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22 Feb
I wish I didn't know what it feels like to blame the victim, be the victim, love the offender, and wish with all my wisher that the allegations of abuse weren't true — but I do and they are.

What I can tell you is this — the only way through is truth as savage as what it seems.
I was ten when the first offender I knew blamed the victim.

I believed him.

Why?

Because I loved him.

Then I became the victim.

Then I loved her.
I left behind a brother who also believed him and blamed me.

Why?

Because he loved him.

Then he became the victim.

Then he loved me.
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22 Feb
I didn’t start speaking to become a personality — just a person. Having lost so much privacy, I only use this account for advocacy. I have FB, but I never use it, and IG is just for folks I actually know. I don’t know how to go on from here, but I’m committing to giving it a go.
I truly don’t know what this looks like right now, other than I know I need to get my frantic automatic nervous system settle down. I also need to clean my house, do that pile of laundry, and find the present a gift again. Bear with me. It’s been a time.
I keep looking at this yellow cottage on Change Island in Newfoundland — so that tells you how much retreat appeals to me. It take 34 hours to get there from here. Think me not brave. Yellow appeals to me — greatly. point2homes.com/CA/Real-Estate…
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17 Feb
I have done my best to share my understanding of the predatory playbook, to give coherent statements, and dance around a non disclosure agreement. I confess I am near the edge of panic.

I’d like to share a few thoughts with you and call it a night.

A Thread.
I have written over 247 blog posts at loriannethompson.com

Some of them at good, some bad, some long, some short, some from experience, some from evidence — but all were born of the agony of abuse.

Most anything I am willing/able to say publicly is posted there.
You are all experiencing the betrayal trauma that I and others have had for years. You trusted him. We did too. You believed in him. We did too. The difference is, he didn’t consume you.

Therefore, most of you are experienced secondary victimization and that’s legitimate too.
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15 Feb
In this responsive piece, @roddreher explains RZ's abusive behaviour as follows "that either you must be psychotically double-minded, or you must not really believe in God."

That is too limited a view.

A thread.

The Ravi Zacharias Implosion - theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-rav…
93% of sex offenders self profess to be religious or very religious.

Those who self profess to be 'very religious' have the most number of victims and have committed the most egregious crimes.

This is a bothersome detail between religiosity/sex offenders we often overlook.
Sex offenders commit their crimes at least in part by engaging in cognitive distortions (i.e. sexual entitlement).

What is SO troubling is that religious offenders include the Almighty in their abusive ruse.

They 'sexualize the sacred,' and so doing, they commit sacrilege.
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24 Dec 20
@bulkchart32 @Yeshua_pro_vida @pace_damon @rachaelstarke @ReasonsForGod @RZIMhq @RaviZacharias 1. Imagine for a moment a childhood sexual abuse survivor trusting a long hoped for, admired, globally respected parental figure who showed keen interest in your person, offered spiritual guidance, personal interest, the gift of time, attention, admiration, and respect.
@bulkchart32 @Yeshua_pro_vida @pace_damon @rachaelstarke @ReasonsForGod @RZIMhq @RaviZacharias 2. Imagine that your spouse (with his own trauma) also admiring and respecting this same person, and both of you are so pleased to be known and you each value this relationship with seems like an unspeakable and undeserved gift.
@bulkchart32 @Yeshua_pro_vida @pace_damon @rachaelstarke @ReasonsForGod @RZIMhq @RaviZacharias 3. Imagine that that same person takes an extensive period of time to get to know you, is decades your senior, coaxes all of your secret shame, pain, and gains access your inner world. You trust this person implicitly, and so does your partner. For that matter, so does everyone.
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