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  •  Our instinct and obligation to protect children (2+ / 0-)
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    expatjourno, filby

    is fundamental to our being.  Many times our society does a piss poor job of it.  Children cannot protect themselves.  Situations like these challenge us to do it right.

    "Goldman Sachs forced to legally change name to 'Goldman Sachs,Those Bastards'...The Onion February 1, 2010

    by St Louis Woman on Mon May 17, 2010 at 09:42:06 AM PDT

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    •  I have met and represented children (3+ / 0-)
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      jfdunphy, ravenwind, condorcet

      who have been labeled by a juvenile court as a "sexual predator" at age 8 or 10. Talk to any social worker in a foster care program or a mental health system, and they can describe numerous kids like this. The label is based on their sexually aggressive behaviors toward other younger, smaller kids. Invariably these "predators" have been the victims of sexual abuse themselves. On one hand, I've always been uncomfortable with damning a child to a lifetime of incarceration (whether in juvenile detention, mental wards, jails or prisons) because of what some adult did to them as a child.  On the other hand, letting them loose to victimize other kids isn't a viable option, either.

      •  We don't have to give up on treatment (0+ / 0-)

        Treatment doesn't always work, and may not always seem like the best option, but it is our only true option with people (esp juveniles).  You know it, and I know it.

        knuckle-dragging Neanderthals

        by Deadicated Marxist on Mon May 17, 2010 at 11:27:45 AM PDT

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