“Every one of them is going to be released at some point, so it’s best to have some sort of way for them to reintegrate without reoffending,” he says.
That means a child sex or child porn offender must receive a federal sentence to have a chance at getting in-custody sex offender treatment.
While some pedophiles might view child porn as a substitute for actually touching a child, for others, it could also be an incitement, says Seto.“They start wondering what it would be like to do it for real.” Seto and his colleagues reviewed several studies involving nearly 4,500 child porn offenders and found one in eight had a criminal record for direct sexual offending.
That number increased to four in eight when it involved self-reporting.
Both Seto and Nolin agree that suppressing pedophiliac thoughts and feelings could do more harm than good.
Instead, Nolin says he believes pedophiles need to acknowledge that their brains are “hardwired” for these urges, and professionals need to ask “What can we do to prevent you from acting on them? ” IN-CUSTODY PROGRAMSThere is no Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) program geared specifically toward child porn or child sex offenders, a CSC spokesperson confirmed.