Should child sex offenders be named and shamed, and their locations placed on a public register after they are released from prison? Raping or otherwise sexually assaulting a child is a crime so vile it challenges the capacity of lawmakers and the judicial system to design adequate and effective punishments and deterrents.
The task is all the more difficult because such atrocities understandably elicit profound emotional responses, including despair, rage and a searing desire for retribution.
Evidence shows public registers of offenders can add to the suffering of families in which inter-family abuse has happened, and can cut the already paltry reporting rates of these crimes. Any move to introduce such a register must proceed with caution.