The psychology and mental state of child molesters and sex offenders are popular points of debate nowadays. Many people including scientists, psychologists, doctors, and parents wonder and argue whether or not convicted child molesters and offenders actually change and allow themselves to get help.
There are various factors to consider before one can tell that these people are either curable or incurable. For instance, several sex offenders have shown good progress in responding to counseling and treatment. While there seems to be significant development on how they view children, there is still not enough proof on how they respond and behave when actually placed in a community where they get access to children.
As for child molesters, seeking cure is quite thorny or even impossible. Nonetheless, it does not mean as well that there’s no hope. These types of criminals are by instinct manipulative and the desire and need to harm children will always be there as long as opportunity presents itself. This means that in order to help these people overcome their desires, parents and other concerned groups should make sure that they are not given access to children where they can think of abusing and molesting again.
Anyway, here are some of the common treatment approaches directed towards child molesters, predators, and sex offenders:
Psycho – educational approach – this treatment is centered on teaching molesters to be aware of the consequences if ever they abuse a child again. It also helps the offender build concern towards the victim.
Pharmacological – medicine and qualified drugs are used to decrease the level of sexual arousal of the molester.
Cognitive approach – it is a complex work done by counselors, doctors, and therapists aimed at completely changing the behavior and perception of the molester so as to eliminate the sexual arousal from molesting children.
While these three approaches seem to look very effective, there hasn’t been that much success. Treating child molesters is very tough to a point that perhaps only one in ten are able to completely turn their lives around. But looking at the brighter side, the presence of these treatments may eventually carry out more transformations in the future.
In our opinion, sexual molesters are under a spiritual bondage. It is impossible to think your way out of a spiritual bondage. True freedom can only be given by grace through Jesus Christ. Many molesters, even though who molested within the church, have never asked the Lord to heal them of their sexual addiction simply because they do not see it as sin. A person must be willing to call sin what it is and to openly confess it. They must be willing to face the Lord and trust His plan for their life to change, even when that plan includes jail time.