Oprah has a crusade going that the laws of the U.S. should be changed, so that in the case of pedophiles one offense is too much. First offense: prison. Period. I agree. I would like to see that law in Canada, too, and all over the world. This is the most heinous crime there is.
When pedophiles go to prison, they are targeted. "There is honour among thieves", as the saying goes, and even hardened criminals hate pedophiles. Prison is a pretty terrible place for them. They often end up dead.
The vast majority of people in this world would risk their own lives to save a child in danger. That's the normal way to be. Our primal instinct is to protect our children, even children we don't know! For someone to hurt, abuse, sexually assault and or kill a child is simply not a human act. And it is true that pedophiles cannot be cured.
I have worked in a forensic psychiatric facility and in a domestic violence facility. I've heard it all. I have a four-year-old grandchild who was raped last fall. I know very few people who have not been, at the least, molested in their lives,usually while still in childhood. My spiritual practice teaches me not to hate, but when I think of pedophiles, I get such a feeling of vile revulsion in my stomach and such feelings of horror and fury I really must focus on controlling it.
I really believe pedophiles shoud be jailed at the first offense, so they will not be able to ever do it again.