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I’ve worked closely with paedophiles – we must never downplay the horrors of what they do

I’ve worked closely with paedophiles – we must never downplay the horrors of what they do

I have worked with paedophiles and their victims and I have empathised with both. As a therapist in Broadmoor, my patients committed some of the most heinous crimes imaginable, yet there are few that I would describe as “monsters”.  But, there’s a difference between differentiating the person from their actions and down playing those actions, which is what Glenn Wilson did in his article, “Not all paedophiles are bad people“.

Among the clinical team that I worked with at Broadmoor, we shared the consensus that paedophilia is a) an aberration and b) cannot be cured, only managed. I am disturbed by any discourse that seeks to normalise what is a deeply dysfunctional psychological illness that preys upon the most vulnerable in our society, children.

As well as the idea that paedophilia is deemed “normal” by some professionals, as Wilson claims, there are other myths peddled in the article that need to be challenged. Wilson claimed that paedophilia is benign because many don’t act on their thoughts. But firstly, the reason paedophilia is so difficult to cure is precisely because many paedophiles cannot control their impulses. Their brains are often hard wired in such a way as to render them impermeable to most counselling or CBT. Many of the individuals I worked with recognised this and asked for medication to suppress these impulses, which can work for some.

Read more http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/i-ve-worked-with-paedophiles-and-their-victims-we-must-never-downplay-the-horrors-of-child-sex-abuse-a6706417.html

‘Judge me’: Tony Blair’s response to being asked if he is a war criminal after admitting he is ‘sorry’ for the invasion of Iraq under false intelligence

‘Judge me’: Tony Blair’s response to being asked if he is a war criminal after admitting he is ‘sorry’ for the invasion of Iraq under false intelligence

Tony Blair has finally apologized for the Iraq War and said the public can judge whether or not his decisions make him a war criminal.

In a dramatic TV interview set to air today, the former UK Prime Minister insisted he did what he felt was right when asked how he feels about being labeled a war criminal.

But he added: ‘Now, whether it’s right or not, that’s for – everyone can have their judgment about that.’

The extraordinary confession comes after 12 years in which he refused to apologize for the conflict.

Blair makes his dramatic ‘mea culpa’ during a CNN interview about the ‘hell’ caused by his and George Bush’s decision to oust Saddam Hussein –  and admits that he could be partly to blame for the rise of Islamic State.

In the exchange, Blair repeatedly says sorry for his conduct and even refers to claims that the invasion was a war ‘crime’.

Blair is asked bluntly in the interview: ‘Was the Iraq War a mistake?’