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New York Times Publishes Provocative Editorial on How to Handle Pedophilia and Prevent Cybercrimes

How can we prevent Florida cybercrime and criminal solicitations of minors?

Seltzer Mayberg, LLC, takes these questions extremely seriously. After all, while we believe in providing compassionate and strategic legal assistance for people accused of cybercrimes, we also deeply respect and understand the almost universal desire that people have to protect our nation’s children and keep them safe from harm and from predators.

To that end, we found Margo Kaplan’s recent editorial in New York Times, "Pedophilia: A Disorder Not a Crime," a very interesting read. Kaplan argues that the way the law treats pedophiles actually increases the likelihood that people who have impulses to behave sexually towards children will act on those impulses… because they won’t be able to seek help (e.g. counseling and pharmaceutical assistance) to get control of themselves.

Kaplan points to the existence of the website called Virtuous Pedophiles, which “is full of testimonials of people who vow never to touch a child and yet live in terror. They must hide their disorder from everyone they know – or risk losing educational and job opportunities, and face the prospect of harassment and even violence.” She also quotes psychologist and author Jesse Bering, who wrote a book called “Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us,” who poignantly reflected on the psychological condition of pedophiles, saying that “they aren’t living their lives in the closet; they’re eternally hunkered down in a panic room.”

As Kaplan points out, our collective revulsion to pedophilia -- and our refusal to treat it as a common and neurologic disorder -- creates problems.

She points out the following: “The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibit discrimination against otherwise qualified individuals with mental disabilities, in areas such as employment, education and medical care. Congress, however, explicitly excluded pedophilia from protection under these two crucial laws.”

Kaplan argues that in preventing pedophiles from coming out and getting the help they need, we are probably increasing the likelihood that they are going to do bad things and commit crimes against children and others because they are going untreated and unmedicated.

Her arguments make a lot of sense.

Of course, it might be a while before our laws and polices align with that common sense. If you or someone you love faces child pornography orsolicitation charges in Florida, the team here atSeltzer Mayberg, LLC, would be happy to provide a confidential and free consultation. Call us now at 1-888-THE DEFENSE (1-888-843-3333).

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