Pedophilia in short is the desire of an adult for sexual contact with children. Pedophiles have been known to molest children only hours after being released from a lengthy prison sentence. In some instances, they kill their victims in order to cover up their crimes. Over the years, society has implemented many attempts to contain pedophilia including such measures as incarceration, therapy, and even castration. Few of these have proven successful. Pedophilia poses an alarming problem for society, particularly the children who are the victims of the sexual abuse.
According to Bertrand (2005) “In the United States, up to 500,000 cases are reported each year, and many more go unreported. In 1990, this crime cost over $2 billion — and this figure does not include psychotherapy for the children involved, and for their parents.” (para 2) If I were in a position to enact laws, the kind of social engineering I would implement is a one-strike law for pedophiles. All too often a pedophile or sex offender gets off with a slap on the wrist.
This then gives them ample time to focus on other victims. Why as a society should we let these predators have their way with more children? Adult sexual predators who would put the lives of innocent children at risk to satisfy their deviant sexual needs must know that they will pay a heavy price. This is why I would propose a one strike, and you’re out law for the first conviction of raping, or molesting a child with a mandatory life sentence without parole. If the attacker has also killed his victim, then the death penalty will automatically be added in those states where it is allowed. Social Engineering 3A pedophile is an individual with intense, reoccurring sexual fantasies, and urges involving young children. To act on these urges, to make them reality, is truly sick in nature. A pedophile is similar to a disease.
He works quietly, and his attendance becomes known only by the destruction he leaves. Pedophiles violate the most vulnerable members of our society. They steal their innocence, and leave scars that will last a lifetime. I propose mandatory life-sentences for these pedophiles, as this is the same sentence they have given to their victims. Releasing a child predator upon society to destroy more innocent lives is wrong and needs to be stopped.
Every child, in every society, has the right to grow up in an environment, which is dedicated to his or her safety. Once we make laws that will finally protect the victim and not the predator, maybe we can put a handle on this growing problem. The mission of my initiative is to stop predators in their tracks the first time. We must act on this growing problem if we truly believe that today’s victim is tomorrow’s criminal.