UK Police Announce That Pedophiles Will No Longer Be Arrested As There Are Too Many

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By: Claire Bernish / The Free Thought Project

The UK’s head police chief just advocated sending pedophiles to rehab instead of putting them behind bars where they belong.

Because police “cannot cope” with the “huge” influx of reports on child abuse, they now say pedophiles whose ‘only’ crime is viewing child pornography should undergo rehabilitation — instead of going to prison.

In a mere three years, child abuse reports have skyrocketed in volume by 80 percent; and, as Chief Constable Simon Bailey of the National Police Chiefs’ Council and head of Operation Hydrant, “which is investigating multiple allegations of historic sexual abuse across the UK,” the BBC reports, “knew his view would cause nervousness and draw headlines.

“But he said the numbers of reports of abuse were at ‘huge proportions’ — an NSPCC study in late 2016 used figures which suggested the number of individuals looking at such images could exceed half a million.”

 Child pornography, indeed an incredibly serious crime from any standpoint, seems to have erupted in popularity — Bailey told BBC Radio 4’s Today program around 400 people each month are arrested by police working with the National Crime Agency for viewing indecent images.

“There are undoubtedly tens of thousands of men that are seeking to exploit children online with a view to meeting them,” he continued, “with a view to then raping them and performing the most awful sexual abuse upon them.

“That’s where I believe our focus has got to be. They are the individuals that pose the really significant threat.”

Bailey’s stance isn’t unfamiliar to the dark realm of child sexual abuse, but it’s exceedingly unusual for a police official of such high rank to advocate re-prioritizing criminality — particularly given the murkier crime at hand perpetuates and fuels the cycle.

Without providing statistics or references, Bailey championed referrals to rehabilitation for viewing child porn, saying they “increasingly are effective” — as would be vacating the court system of these cases, to “speed things up.”

Because the child abuse and exploitation is so rampant, the overwhelmed chief constable believes the imperative to target the worst pedophile offenders far outweighs the severity of the crime of viewing explicit images — despite the latter being a serious, repeat transgression against the victim.

“Every time an image is viewed, the victim is being victimised again and there is nothing as abhorrent. But we have to be able to manage the totality.”

Besides police operations, a spokesperson for the Home Office told the BBC it had allotted £20 million (over $24.8 million) to the National Crime Agency, specifically for battling child sexual exploitation on the web.

“Alongside ensuring we have a tough law enforcement response to bring offenders to justice, we are also committed to preventing offending in the first place,” the spokesperson said.

Prison terms and harsh punishment can be efficacious as deterrents, but, a spokesperson from the NPCC noted, “We cannot arrest our way out of the situation. If we are to protect more children we must make prevention and rehabilitation a priority.”

Resources across the U.K. have been stretched to the breaking point recently, after a series of high-profile cases of child abuse and sexual exploitation involving prominent figures had commandeered headlines for weeks. Such astonishing scandals might have provided public awareness and a platform for victims, but reports to police and pleas to charitable organizations for help have created an enormous backlog.

Lisa Thornhill, a senior practitioner at the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, “which works with people who have sexually harmed or fear they may harm a child,” said the center is not only full to capacity, but has had to turn away hundreds asking to be rehabilitated.

“Most people who commit these offences have some idea what they are doing is wrong,” Thornhill told the BBC. “We appeal to the brave and responsible part of those people to get in touch with us and stop, and stay stopped.”

According to the station, “Calls to the helpline are over capacity – about 800 people each month call, but about 2,500 calls are unable to be taken due to demand.”

Whether or not Bailey’s appeal to lessen the severity by default for pedophiles who view child pornography will result in a change in policy or law remains to be seen, but a furious backlash from victims and their families will almost certainly ensue now.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Bloody perv Pomm hypocrite bastards!! Well, you shouldn’t expect anything less from a country where the former bleeding PM was a pedophile himself.

  2. In one sense Rehabilitation if possible is truly the only answer here.

    Please ponder this deeply, the future of our children is at stake here!

    The healing of your own rage against the act of pedofelia as well the act itself is ALL in need of healing. We all have judgements that need to be addressed if true healing is to be accomplished here.

    If in reacting to the situation in your disgust and rage laden revenge, you call for the imprisonment of the pedofile and he serves his sentence without receiving any treatment, (which in prison is highly likely he will not receive), then when he is released he will most assuredly continue where he left off. During this time in prison and without any assistance his thoughts will most likely visit the idea that he just has to wait a little while longer and then once released can begin to engage in his despicable behaviour once again. This temporary withdrawal is just a small price to pay.

    This is the problem which imprisoning anyone without true “rehabilitation” being made available to the perpetrator will, 99 times out of 100, re-commit the offence. They will not be healed just with time served and we will be right back where we started, but now we will have to bury our own guilt once we have whitnessed the pedohie recomitting once again. Our thoughts will naturally fall towards feeling responsible for his re-offence because we knew that prison without rehabilitation is NOT the answer for ending pedofilia in the first place.

    “Prison” does not address the root cause OF ANYTHING and in most cases will only reinforce the resulting behaviors with deeper and darker appetites being triggered into reality. The offender in most cases will re-commit to his original life of depravity.

    Here our own anger and rage will most likely be denied in ourselves for fear of recognizing ourselves here as indirectly yet still partly responsible for his reoffense. We all know that “prison sentences do not heal” and that all prisoners without healing will re-commit yet again if this healing is also not part of their incarceration.

    We need to see that prison along is not the complete answer.

    The problem now is the in the rehabilitation processes itself. How do we (the public at large) truly know when someone has been rehabilitated? Here a new approach and understanding to healing will need to be developed that will truly, authentically heal the pedophil and at the same time convince the rest of us with our own anger and rage, that he has truly been healed and not fall back into repeat offence.

    No small feat!

  3. The easiest way to deal with paedophiles is to put a bullet through each one of their heads, prison over population solved and children are much safer as a result….

  4. a lot of comments here – with a lot of differing views/suggestions,- including: “put a bullet through each one of their heads”.
    Whilst the law needs to be tough these people ALSO need care and COMPASSION, . . after all that’s the way they are “wired” they can’t help it! . . . . a bit like homosexuals are “wired” differently and can’t help their persuasion, – and nobody’s saying “put a bullet in their heads”.
    (It’s a fucked up, depraved & Godless world we are living in).

  5. Dont let this normalise this heinous act. danny, how can you you run a paralel between homosexuals and pedopholes? There are consequences for our choices…Homosexuals affect no-one else by their choice and the consequences are their own, paedophiles maim, destroy and kill children, innocent and trusting and their families who are bound by love to protect them. What consequences for these beasts? You are right Ron, prison doesn’t work, it groups together these animals increasing contacts for when they get out. Rehabilitation…I dont think so, a softly softly ‘poor thing ‘approach carries no consequences and makes what they do OK because they are relieved of any responsibility once the acts become a medical/psychological condition.. So what then? These acts are worse than murdering a child, the suffering of the victim and their families lasts a life time…There should be nothing less than chemical or mechanical castration, isolation from the rest of society or, dare I say it….execution. Really, this is depravity and nothing less…Do Not Allow this to be Normalised

  6. Tell u what then as jails are full why don’t we bring bk electric chair hanging and leathel injections bk the only cure for them

  7. Yeah death penalty all the way

    Dont worry im pretty sure there’s enough of us normal people ready to take care of the problem through street justice if the police want to Palm it off

    I’d quite happily go to prison to destroy a paedophile

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