Hi Rav Eidensohn,
I have been following your blog for some time and specifically the topics of molestation. Additionally, I have followed stories of molestation on other Jewish sites, as well as in mainstream media with the current stories about priests.
There are a few questions I have and it is a difficult ones but I want your experienced opinion based on the information you know.
It seems from what I have read that nobody really has a clue what to do with molesters and how to solve the molestation problem. Additionally, there is no real proof that a molester can be cured. From what I have read, it seems that the only way to keep children safe is to lock these people up for life, or castrate them.
These people have a sick desire. Just like normal heterosexuals desire the opposite sex, these people desire children. Can one become homosexual with therapy if they are heterosexual? Can a homosexual become a heterosexual with therapy? Extremely unlikely, if not flat out no correct?
However it is an urge that normal people can control. Normal people don't go raping the opposite sex.
However these predators, desire children and put their desire before the welfare of the child.
Do you think a molester can be healed with therapy to the point that you can say he is no longer a threat to kids?
How many years of therapy?
Should they be in seclusion during therapy? (Prison or a mental home...)
How can we be confident that these people are healed to truly ever allow them near a child?
These are difficult questions, however it troubles me that most molesters get a few years prison and once they are out they get right back to business. Prison doesn't change. Them or deter them. It just makes them more careful and sneaky.
Personally, I think they need to be kept from chiildren permanently which means a life sentence, or castrated. This may sound extreme but is it really? How can we justify 10 years in prison when all reseaech points to the molester being likely to repeat his offenses once he is out?
I just don't see how the system is properly dealing with this problem. These guys get a slap on the wrist for destroying multiple childrens lives.
What about monetary punishment? If large cash rewards were awarded to victims (I mean over $1,000,000) would that do anything as a deterrent?
Please let me know what you think about all of this.