A few weeks ago, the question was posed on another blog I follow as to whether or not it was possible for pedophiles to be rehabilitated. That’s a difficult question, but a necessary one for us to think about. Using the information I’ve gathered from many different sources as well as from my own experience of living almost forty years with a practicing pedophile, I’ve formed an opinion.
The blogger, “Loony” (Erica) from “Thoughts of a Lunatic” accepted my thoughts to be used as a guest blogger today. I’d like to share these thoughts with you, also. Please be sure to visit “Thoughts of a Lunatic” to see what I said as my response to this question about rehabilitation.
I welcome your comments, and ask that you keep them respectful. I know this can become quite a controversial issue, especially when bringing God and His forgiveness into the picture. Have you given it much thought? Can pedophiles be rehabilitated? If so, to what degree? When they say, “I’ve been through a counseling program. I’ll never do this again”, do you believe that’s the truth? What about when they say, “I’ve been forgiven by God, and I’ll never do this again”?
Can pedophiles be 100% rehabilitated — enough that you would allow a pedophile back into your home living with children, into your church interacting with children, and into your community where there would be interaction with children? What about the internet? Can a pedophile be rehabilitated to stay away from child pornography and the triggers that will lead to actions of molestation? These are hard questions — tough questions, but they need to be addressed.
My blog post later on this week is going to be somewhat different as I’ll be sharing with you excerpts from a letter that John recently sent to me. I want you to draw your own conclusions. I think you will be both enlightened and very surprised!
Thanks so much for reading. I know this isn’t easy reading, but it is necessary reading.
Always, always — we have one goal in mind: to protect our children!