June 20th, 2008

Ah well…

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

What an arse-about-face country this place has turned into.

News this week that the Ministry of Justice (i.e. the tax-payer) is giving £164,000 a year to ‘Circles UK’, a charity set up to help paedophiles reintegrate into society. We will fott half the annual cost o run the nationwide network of volunteers whose stated aim is to "manage those who have been convicted of sexual offences in a just and humane manner", much unlike the manner in which they treated their victims.

Meanwhile, ‘Phoenix Survivors‘ has closed down due to lack of funding despite being promised by the Home Secretary, Jacqui Spliff.

Phoenix Survivors was a charity which helps child victims of paedophiles. The organisation was run by two women one of whom is Sara Payne, mother of Sarah Payne who was abducted & murdered. They said in one case they have been forced to cease funding counselling for a five-year-old victim of paedophile Craig Sweeney as funds have dried up & the family cannot afford the £6,000 cost.

They have set up an online petition calling for paedophile victims to be included in anti-discrimination laws. You can find it at at www.tpcauk.com/RARE.html

While it’s a shame that some child victims of sexual abuse will no longer have access to charitable assistance, it’s comforting to know that the people who destroyed their lives are being looked after.

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5 comments

  1. Blueknight says:

    It is dangerous nonsense to suggest that some sort of ‘group encounter’ can cure a paedophile

    June 21st, 2008 at 00:24

  2. Tony F says:

    Madness, complete and utter madness…For some reason that totally defeats me, in a so called civilised society,we treat villains and scum as victims, whereas the real victims get nothing.

    I really am beginning to favour capital punishment. Think of it as vermin control though.

    June 21st, 2008 at 14:36

  3. Whitevandriver says:

    Having had a long conversation with a circles group leader locally, I was brought round to the idea that they are indeed worth paying for.

    The sum of money to the whole group is approximately twice that which the probation service would pay for just one paedophile in the traditional management style and yet will have a far wider participation.

    The reoffending rate is MASSIVELY lower than the traditional probation route. It is not an easy or soft option, there are non-negotiable boundaries and the facilitators who work closely with all the agencies involved, have no hesitation in highlighting ANY non-compliance which will often result in a return to custody.

    Whilst none of us would relish the idea of working closely with paedophiles, we probably ought to be grateful that someone is prepared to; for like it or not these men and women will be released from prison and ignoring them will almost certainly lead to more vile reoffending.

    Notwithstanding all of the above, it is disgraceful that the home secretary should have backed down on her promise to help pheonix survivors, which is vital work. I am sure with the disgusting amount of waste in the public sector there is a way of ensuring both these charities are given adequate support and not spent on a managers jolly weekend in Blackpool discussing new office wallpaper designs.

    June 21st, 2008 at 14:40

  4. Civ_In_The_City says:

    If only this was the only example of our topsy-turvy country. But it`s not, I can think of four or five examples right now but I`ll try to stay on topic..

    I can see the point Whitevandriver is making, fair play for looking into the details too. But it fits in with the recent posting about “letter of the law” vs “spirit of the law” in my eyes.

    The government cannot just look at these two organisations and treat them blindly as separate entities. The preferable treatment of one simply has to have an effect on the other. What message would YOU draw from the facts? It is simply the ‘right thing’ to do to ensure that Phoenix Survivors get at least as much funding as Circles. Even handed, and morally unambiguous.

    One point in favour of Circles is that the money is, apparently, to fund workers aiming to prevent re-offending. As long as it stays that way and the cash doesn`t go on bus-passes and Nintendo Wii`s to distract the Paedophiles they`ll be on safe ground.

    June 21st, 2008 at 17:35

  5. Blueknight says:

    There is some difference between the paedophile who offends against an under age person because that person happened to cross paths as a a neighbour, family friend or relative and the paedophile that actively seeks out children in chatrooms, or as a swimming or gym coach or by loitering near schools.
    It might be possible to do something to redirect the first one, but the second will be a predator until his dying day.

    June 22nd, 2008 at 01:12

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