Do we agree that sexuality is something you’re born with? If you’re straight, you’re straight. If you’re gay, you’re gay. If you’re a violent paedophile, you’re a violent paedophile and you have no place in society.
When a loopy, extreme right-wing fundamentalist organisation talks about how they can ‘cure’ someone of homosexuality, we slam them. We laugh at their ill-informed foolishness and use our Facebook pages to share our outrage.
So surely it follows that if you have an ingrained sexual attraction to children, and those desires are heightened by the use of violence and fear, then the idea that working with a therapist, however well-qualified, will extinguish them is equally ridiculous. Those desires may be quashed for a bit, but they’ll always be there. It’s like your fingerprint – you can wear gloves, but it’ll always be there.
It’s illogical to think a person’s sexuality can be changed by hearing the right words at the right time.
Don’t misunderstand me. I’m a big fan of therapy for all sorts of things. If you’re addicted to gambling or cheese or Facebook, then of course, talking to someone qualified can be an enormous help. Psychiatrists and psychologists and counsellors are clever people but they can’t change your hard-wiring.
But, frankly, if you play the pokies on the way to school pickup, or you check your Facebook newsfeed at 2am, I’m not that bothered, because you’re not a danger to children. Not like the man whose unflinching face is staring at us from every page and every screen today.
Daniel Morcombe’s murder and the revelations about his killer’s brutal past has more than rattled me.
It’s made me think:
Why was this person not in prison? What does it take to keep someone locked up? Why even try to rehabilitate that kind of person? It’s a waste of time, and worse, it resulted in the waste of a beautiful life.