The Right to Know (1)
All three are medically recognised psychiatric disorders.
All three can cause irreparable damage, and because of this individuals who have such a condition need to be monitored carefully with appropriate treatment , to minimise or negate any potential injury, death, or trauma within the wider community.
I agree with the law itself, I agree that society needs to be protected from such disorders, and I fully empathise with any apparent of a child who has been abused when they state that they would like to see all perpetrators killed. There is a problem though, for such laws cannot be applied in isolation from the world around them, and once placed in an open environment, factors come into play that make such laws almost impossible to fairly deploy.
Why so; well consider the following:-
- Paedophilia is a recognised psychiatric disorder
- It can be a disorder born out of abuse when the sufferer was a child
- Medical treatment and patient confidentiality are often at the centre of worldwide health practices
- There is no real cure for Paedophilia
- The therapy success rate is still very low
- It is highly debatable whether or not disclosed information can be used with the care given to that information by the professional medical and law enforcement agencies
- If an individual has a disorder or disease which we find unpalatable as a society, does that give us the right to withdraw the confidentiality and medical privacy that all of us enjoy
At this point I am sure some readers will be saying-“how dare I say this”- but if we fail to deal with such issues properly, then how can we possibly expect to find a solution or cure. It is hard enough to deal with all the physical ailments which at times beset us, so I really cannot blame the doctors for failing to find a cure;-if there is one-so maybe it is time for us to grow up as individuals and as a society, and accept that, as things stand at the moment, we cannot be trusted, or adequately trusted to enact such a law.
This is the first of two posts that deal with our right to know certain bits of information, and I make no apologies for my stance , and for those who feel that such a position is wrong or untenable I would ask them to look at the following scenario.
A child is abused by a paedophile, The child receives psychological counselling and grows up to be an adult. That adult marries and, within a stable marriage, raises a child. As his or her child grows up, the adult, to their horror, begins to develop and unhealthy sexual interest in the child, to the extent where incest or inappropriate behaviour occurs.
How would you feel if you were that child/adult in question, and how guilty would you feel if the trauma from the original incident had never been fully resolved, and that you had been told that there was little hope of a cure?
Finally how would you feel if a self styled vigilante group in your area found out what had happened, and had come knocking on your door?
This is not uncommon.
How would you feel?
Part 2 coming up shortly
- When Psychiatry Retraumatizes (beyondmeds.com)
- Notable new research exploring connections between incarceration and mental health (sentencing.typepad.com)
- Majority of mental health problems go untreated in teenagers (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Psychodynamic Therapy 101 (psychologytoday.com)
Categories: Growing pains