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Can We Welcome High-Risk Sex Offenders Back to the Community?

Wilson, Robin J
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) Beyond Just Us. A newsletter published by the Forum on Restorative Community Justice. Spring/Summer 2003. Pp. 2.

The term “pedophilia‿ refers to individuals sexually attracted to children. As Robin Wilson writes, pedophilia incites an enormously high degree of fear and anger among the general population. Even when pedophiles are arrested, convicted, and incarcerated, the vast majority of them in Canada and the United States eventually serve their terms and return to society. It is in this context that Wilson asks what can be done with “high-risk‿ sex offenders who return to our communities. To explore the possibilities, he discusses a successful program for released sex offenders in Canada called ‘Circles of Support and Accountability,’ a collaboration between the Canadian government and the Mennonite Central Committee of Ontario.


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