The list that outs paedophiles such as Wesolowski

by Ivano Abbadessa - 2014.09.26
The list that outs paedophiles such as Wesolowski
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If Josef Wesolowski, the paedophile bishop denounced by the Pope, had set foot in the UK, he would have been included on a special online list. The database, which has been active for the past three years and is updated continually, gives the name, age and photos of more than 30,000 people convicted of sexual offences against children.

The site's purpose is to enable parents, relatives or any interested party to find out in a simple click whether there is a pedophile living in their area, so they can protect their children and prevent dangers. In an interview with West, the site's managers spoke about this blacklist as a “resource tool for anyone with an interest in child safety.”

“Using the database,” they say, “parents can learn and educate their children about the various techniques used by paedophiles to take advantage of children. Many times paedophiles will develop a close relationship with a single parent in order to get close to their children. Once inside the home, they have many opportunities to manipulate the children — using guilt, fear, and love to confuse the child. If the child’s parent works, it offers the paedophile the private time needed to abuse the child.”

The Database of UK and Eire paedophiles/child abusers is the only public list currently present in the UK. It's not linked to the government or any other public entity. “We are completely independent,” say its managers. By all accounts, the initiative seems to be appreciated by the British public. It has received “more than 18.5 million visits in just three years, with an average of about 25,000 hits a day.”

About 70% of convicted paedophiles re-offend. Many of them have abused more than one victim. For this reason, say the site's managers, no privacy law applies. “It's essential,” they say, “that those already convicted of sexual offences against children remain on the database even after their sentences have expired. A child abuser will always pose a risk to a child. Most offenders that have been caught during their middle age for abusing a child will generally have more than one victim. By continuing to list the offenders, it allows victims who have yet to come forward the opportunity to know that their abuser has already been found guilty for other offences which would make it easier for the victim to in turn, report their abuse.”

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