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Why Queers Should Care About Sex Offenders

“So, how are the pedophiles doing?”

As a group psychotherapist for convicted sex offenders on parole and probation who also operates a private practice for queer people, I am bombarded with comments and questions from friends and family:

“Aren’t you scared?” “I could never do that.” “What’s it like to talk to all those child molesters?”

At first I was surprised to hear some of my most educated, liberal friends ask questions that were, to me, biased and misinformed. I had assumed that, as queers and allies, my friends would have a greater sensitivity to the persecution sex offenders face in American society. I have since come to realize that queer folk are not more prone to find empathy for this population. Full Article

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  1. Kathy G.

    Although the choice of nouns the author uses gave me pause, I found this article very interesting. I have had experience with gay men immediately showing prejudice against a registrant, assuming the worst, just like people in the general population. I have to admit I was surprised and disappointed. I thought that people who had been the victims of ignorance and prejudice for so very long would be less likely to judge. I was wrong. The comments at the end of this article are very telling.
    I hope that someday, hopefully soon, this will change.

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