Posted: 27/11/2014 at 14:21
Re Verdun's second point. Sadly evidence shows that the majority of paedophiles were abused themselves as children - they were victims too, hard as it is to acknowledge.
Nowadays, if we are aware that a child has been abused, they are given intensive therapies to try to help them to deal with their trauma and hopefully to mend a little of the psychological damage that has been done.
Unfortunately a lot of abuse goes undiscovered and the children are permanently psychologically damaged. The same goes for the many children who were abused years ago, when if the abuse was discovered, they were just told to 'forget about it/don't talk about it' etc.
If a child has been awakened sexually by abuse it is highly unlikely that they will be able to enjoy a normal sex life as an adult - part of the abuse they've undergone will have been to convince them that what is happening to them is normal - and the sexual drive is the most powerful drive there is - thus the cycle of abuse goes on repeating itself.
The more that everyone understands about the causes of paedophilia the more chances we have of interrupting the cycle.
I didn't see the programme (too much like work) but I'd be surprised if a doctor suggested sympathy, although I can see that pity (a different emotion) might be appropriate - along with loathing the deeds committed.
Unless we all understand why it happens we will never be able to protect children effectively.