Whew, this is one area that is very very hard to be forgiving and loving toward. I think, unless they really are insane and belong in an institution for the rest of their lives, that they can claim mental illness as the reason that they injure a child in this manner.
I think that it should be handled the same as when people are on trial for murder... they should have to plea insanity if they want to use the mental illness angle... and then be locked up.
Because you can't have it both ways... I don't belong in a state ward the rest of my life... but I'm mental enough to molest kids... just doesn't cut it for me.
Sorry, I'm really not trying to sound horrid... and, I am sorry for those of you that have sinned in this way or come close enough to it to have had your lives ruined... I do believe that sin is sin, and you deserve the opportunity to be "forgiven" too... but this is a hard one... at least for us human beings to be able to see past.
I also know that when I break the Law... God forgives me, but I still deal with the consequences in the society I live in. I think we need longer sentences or even permanent ones for people who commit crimes against children. After all, prison ain't great, but here in the USA... your needs are met and you are kept in a place where you can't hurt any other innocents. Many prisons have TV, weight rooms, run small jobs or something from inside...
Prisons from years ago or in other countries were basically a death sentence or worse because they didn't feed you, give you medical care, allow you to work toward a degree, etc...
so... maybe we don't have the perfect solution... but maybe locking people up who harm children in that way PERMANENTLY is the answer... I mean, you wouldn't have to worry about securing jobs and housing that way.
yeah, sounds kinda harsh, but I don't know what the solution is. Allowing you to confess to some one but binding their hands from telling the authorities doesn't sound right either... I mean, if you committed a crime, then you committed a crime.
Sorry, I don't want to be horrid and I hope I don't come off as such.