Alternatives to a child-sex register worth considering
UNTIL now, I must confess to having had a “hang ’em high” mentality to the issue of serial child-sex offenders.
However, Denise Cullen’s column ( C-M, Jan 14) was a revelation, particularly for those of us who do not want vigilantism and vengeance to trump genuine reform and clemency.
If the Circles of Support and Sustainability groups have a proven track record in other countries, why won’t Australians look at a small pilot study?
If it doesn’t work here, roll it back. If it does, extend the system a bit at a time.
I would not want to dump something like this on a sceptical population all at once.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton (pictured) is in deep political trouble with more than one Australian putting the collapse of the Turnbull administration clearly on his shoulders.
His pitchfork approach to sex offenders was supposed to make him look like a man of substance.
With Cullen’s piece, we see that Dutton clearly has not read a report or study into the situation and has gone full bore into the situation to demonstrate how tough he is.
I will listen to an expert over a pumped-up politician any day. Shani Doig, Coorparoo
DENISE Cullen’s column examined some of the issues of recidivism related to child-sex offenders.
It is good to read the views of someone who works in the system and has experience with this kind of offender.
Many of the solutions offered by the community in regard to these offenders do not address reality and show little understanding of the limits of the justice system once offenders have served their time.
Our distaste for these individuals is natural enough.
However, we must be careful not to create a system where we increase the likelihood of reoffending.
I believe a publicly accessible register, as proposed, could do just this.
Cullen’s contribution made for rare positive reading in a depressing and usually discouraging field.
I found her description of interventions elsewhere, which are achieving favourable outcomes, encouraging.
Of course no intervention made somewhere else can just be transferred to another jurisdiction.
However, with adaptation to local circumstances, many have been successfully applied to other locations.
There have been many examples where we in Australia have learned from the experience of other countries, and have used this to our advantage and developed a solution for us. Allan Head, Everton Hills I BELIEVE the proposed child-sex offender register is well overdue.
As Peter Dutton pointed out, the register would “not include street addresses or occupations” and, while I can imagine the civil libertarians going on about the abrogation of these people’s civil rights and how they have served their time, what about the rights of the children living nearby?
What about the rights of the women and men whose lives they have destroyed?
There are victims of child abuse who are so traumatised they take their own lives. For others, the course of their lives is changed irrevocably.
Would a child-sex offender register put an end to pedophilia?
Sadly not. But it’s a damn sight better than doing nothing. Carol da Costa-Roque, Annerley