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A California law about reporting child porn puts psychotherapists in a bind

A middle-aged man feels a spark with a co-worker that he hasn’t felt in years with his wife and wants to start an affair. He remains faithful. A teenager longs to lash out in rage against her parents. She instead composes an angry song. A new mom in the throes of severe sleep deprivation and exhaustion feels a sudden urge to smother her child. She does not do so. A man feels aroused by sexual images of children. He never acts on those desires. Full Article

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  1. Margaret Moon

    When in mandated treatment, a registrant is savvy enough NOT to incriminate him/her self, then the government mandated polygraph takes over… And treatment professionals continue to try to convince us that they really care and they are not just in it for the money. HA!

    • td777

      And let us not forget that polygraphs are NOT 100% accurate. If they were, they would still be admissible as evidence. Yet, as a registrant on parole or probation, we can be taken back into custody by “evidence” that would not be allowed in a courtroom.

      • Q

        Polygraphs are widely considered “junk science.” Why are these junk science tests still being used by $$$ supposedly credible professionals??? $$$.

        • ab

          Junk science is the polite terminology for what polygraphs are. Nobody has proven that the things polygraph testing measures can indicate lying or truth telling and in fact there could be many alternative reasons why someone is reacting in a certain way.

  2. ab

    Shakes head, puts face in palms and rolls eyes. Says “idiots” sighs “good luck solving the problem by not paying attention to what the problem is”.

  3. Harry

    California will end up with most every man on the registry.

  4. Tired of hiding

    People have a right to fantasize about anything they wish. I myself was once quite smitten with a poodle but the age difference was too much to deal with so I moved on…the point I am trying to make is that as long as these thoughts/fantasies are not acted upon WTF cares!

    The patient doctor confidence must not be violated. Without that freedom to express the thoughts to ones doctor there will be no help and then there really WILL be victims to deal with in REAL LIFE!

    Lee

    • Harry

      Fantasies are foundation of almost all movies.

    • Q

      Orwells 1984 is and has been here for quite some time it seems. Thoughts are not the same as actions. This is nothing less than the thought police.

  5. Double A

    The one thing I enjoyed about the probation required 52 week treatment was venting. The one thing I learned was I didn’t belong there and the therapist agreed. But every time I did go I would just vent and my therapist would either agree with my statements or give me another perspective of looking at the situation. He was cool. Even though I was terminated from probation a month before the 52 week program ended I still attended the last 5 sessions.

    With that said, I feel a person should be able to talk to a professional about anything without the fear of being reprimanded for what he or she is going to say. The professional could hopefully steer that individual into the right direction. Ultimately that individual makes his own decision but maybe the therapist could influence him or her to the point that the person changes their behavior and thought process to be more in line with society sees as normal.

    This law is another step in the wrong direction.

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