Therapy and monitoring has been shown to reduce risk of reoffending by up to 70%. Most people who sexually abuse a child will never see the inside of a Garda interviewing room, let alone a jail cell.
Only 4 per cent of allegations lead to a conviction, but some of the child sex abusers living in our families and communities have been caught and are attending therapy. What does this involve? Why would a therapist choose to work with people who have caused such harm to a child? And are we rewarding sex abusers and pushing their victims to one side?