It's easy to demonise paedophiles. But it's not the answer

Ruszczynski, Stanley (2008) It's easy to demonise paedophiles. But it's not the answer. The Guardian . ISSN 0261-3077

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Is Gary Glitter to be considered a monster? Is he deluded? Or is he damaged? If he is a monster, immune to the feelings of his victims, he is dangerous and in need of strict management. If he is deluded, he is in need of psychological treatment. If he is damaged, treating his behaviour as a laughing matter and enjoying his notoriety, he needs help with what is probably a profound sense of inadequacy and emptiness. The media want him to be only a monster, but the chances are that he is all three: monstrous, deluded and damaged. One of the differences between the mad and the bad is that madness can be thought of as an illness located in another's mind. Badness disturbs us emotionally because it happens out in the world, enacted between the bad person and their victim...

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Pubished: Sunday 24 August 2008. Click above on the official URL to read this article on The Guardian's website.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Glitter, Gary
Subjects: Sex Psychology > Perversions
Department/People: Adult and Forensic Services

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