Thursday, May 13, 2004

Govt stands by child sex offender program

The Western Australian Government is standing by a taxpayer-funded agency that offers conditional confidentiality to child sex offenders.

Opposition Justice spokeswoman Sue Walker wants the Perth-based agency SafeCare shut down, saying it undermines the criminal system.

SafeCare offers certain child sex offenders conditional confidentiality if they admit their crime, move out of the home and attend a two-year rehabilitation program run by the agency.

Ms Walker wants to turn child sex abuse into a major election issue in the run-up to the next state poll.

But don't all the Oppositions politicians act the same? They're not seeking any sort of practical outcomes to crime for the community. They're seeking the prestige of being elected into government. Even at the cost of possibly having their own child or a child of someone they know raped by an angry sex offender who was locked up, denied rehabilitation, frustrated, primed and literally provoked to re-offend again.

Ms Walker also wants mandatory reporting provisions introduced in WA.

But if they want people who have committed crimes to be helped so that they won't re-offend, then they have to come forward to receive help. They also need to be able to trust the therapist, so that they get the truth and learn more about the reason behind the offending behaviour.

In order to prevent similar crimes down the track they also have to change the offender's motivation, behaviour and thinking. Perhaps educating them and giving them more social skills. For that process to work they need the offender to be open and honest and to trust the person they confide in.

Community Development Minister Sheila McHale says her opposition counterpart has missed the point.

"Perpetrators are saying that they would seek treatment services much earlier if they weren't necessarily faced with being dobbed into the police - SafeCare provides that sort of facility and service for perpetrators," she said.

By Some Mothers Do Have Them 13 May 04

ED: Undermines the criminal justice system? If these people seek therapy? Please explain how preventing crime undermines the criminal justice system?

Undermining the criminal justice system preventing the person going to jail to be rehabilitated? No! Punished yes! What if punishment does not solve the problem and the sex offender gets worse when they are released from prison?

Perhaps Ms Walker could look at recidivism rates in WA in relation to the alleged prison rehabilitation system that doesn't in fact do anything but warehouse the problem and making it worse.

When do we start looking at rehabilitation? So that we can then prevent crime rather than (punishment) and (prison) that provokes crime and sets up the next victim to be offended against after the prisoner is released from prison.

Well this is the voice of a prisoner sent to the CUBIT Sex Offender program in a NSW prison and I don't think he was getting any rehabilitation. De-socialised and negatively reinforce at a taxpayer funded prison at the cost of $65,000 a year.]

NSW Prisons Inmate Development Committee speaks out

I am writing on behalf of the IDC Inmate Development Committee in area 3, MSPC at Long Bay. Area 3 is where, the Department is congregating minimum-security offenders within maximum-security walls whilst awaiting mandatory programs at Cubit (Sex Offenders Program).

Anyone attending Cubit for example, learn quickly that truth is irrelevant to the powers controlling this centre and that the only reality is what they proclaim and manipulate us and others into believing as truth, or being judged in denial. One must accept their version, or be as adept as they in falsehood and manipulation to succeed.


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