Take Two for October 2, 2012

Should pedophiles be treated like alcoholics?

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Kids walking to school.

When incidents involving pedophiles hit the news, we often focus on what happened and who the perpetrator was, but the question that seldom gets attention in the media is 'why?'

The conventional wisdom is that child molesters were themselves molested as kids, or suffered some sort of trauma, but research shows that may not be the case.

Would society do much better to treat pedophiles less like monsters and more like people with a problem, like we often do with alcoholics?

Jennifer Bleyer, who wrote a recent piece for Slate on this topic, joins the show.


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