TH: Well, if you measure the effectiveness, which is what counts, then yes, it makes things more safe.
Sure, keeping people in prison for the rest of their lives or executing them is safer but since neither of there are options in our society we need to look at next best options.
Some of the mass media treatment of abusers sounds good and 'plays to the mob' but ultimately does little to help children.
Case in point / Example:
In the UK, there were several mob attacks on housing estates where law and order broke down; people thought they had identified pedophiles living nearby and stoned houses, attacked people etc. It was mob mentality and innocent people were hurt
Within this climate, one of the 'newspapers' decided they were going to run a name and shame campaign and publish the names, photographs and details of known offenders. Great for headlines and selling papers ...
Ex Offenders who were known and being monitored of course went into hiding and their whereabout are now unknown as they don't report to anyone anymore.
Now, are they more or less of a risk to children now that they are isolated and unmonitored?
Calling them freaks, while very, very tempting is not going to help stop them do it again or make them get the help they need to stop them doing it again.
Edited by - Simon on 1 January 2003 18:59:35