Hell is the other people: the importance of controlling pedophiliac activity



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Mallett, X. and Karp, J. E. (2013). Hell is the other people: the importance of controlling pedophiliac activity. In K. Harrison and B. Rainey (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Legal and Ethical Aspects of Sex Offender Treatment and Management (pp. 462-478). Chichester, UK: John Wiley and Sons.

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ISBN: 9781119945550


"Hell is other people" are Garcin's words in Sartre's Httis Clos (Sartre, 1990: 95). The three key characters in this play "are in hell precisely because they are prevented by their own choices from establishing any proper relations with those around them" (Manser, 1967: 98). The notion of proper and improper relationships is central to the theme of this chapter - child sexual abuse, arguably the ultimate form of an improper relationship. The three "characters" of this paper are the people who are engaged in committing, reporting and controlling pedophilic activity. The community's and society's engagement with this crime involves a degree of fear, which can obstruct the development of preventative solutions. The comnnmity (in this discussion) are all people affected by the acts of the offender, such as victims and their family, friends, as well as police, lawyers, journalists and commentators.

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