It's obvious, that for people who have children, fear for their descendants is one of the worst emotions they can feel.
For most parents their child is the most valuable creature they have in their life. Being blood and flesh from their parents, totally dependant from them at their birth, children are the creatures that call for protection and love. No wonder that the emergence of a person, who can heart the child, abuse it mentally, physically or psychologically is one of the worst parents' fears.
The scientists, psychologists, social workers and medical workers express various opinions on the punishment, which should be laid on child molesters. They offer the variety of alternatives, beginning from psychological treatment and ending with paroling and chemical castration. But the recent experience shows that all of those methods are insufficient, as they do not influence the rate of repeated crimes after the molesters are let out. The thing is that pedophilia is a sexual disorder which's very hard to treat, and Zigmund Freud emphasized it was incurable. The only way to indemnify our children from those people is to lock them somewhere, for not to le them see the objects of their lust.
Unfortunately, in the past few decades the amount of those, who see children as the sexual objects, has considerably increased. The numbers given by different institutions vary a lot, but it's still seen that the amount of children molested is far greater than any ordinary citizen can imagine. The official data of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was that the amount of the young molestation victims equaled 138,000 in 1986. (The case for castration, part 2 - as punishment for child molesting. Washington Monthly, 1994).
Katy Butler says in her article Beyond the Bogeyman in Psychotherapy Networker, that: "The Social Organization of Sexuality--the landmark 1994 study of American sexual practices spearheaded by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) and University of Chicago professor Edward Laumann--found that 17 percent of its adult female informants and 12 percent of its male informants said they'd been touched sexually (90 percent genitally) by at least one adult before they turned 14." It means that at least 23.8 million adult American women and 16.7 million men were sexually abused as children. Karen Crummy in her article in Boston Herald says that the study conducted in May 2000 proved that over half of the sexual assault crimes are against children, and the majority of the wrongdoers are the members of the kid's family or people close to the family
Lets compare this number to that of the registered child molesters. For example, in Idaho there were 2,562 registered sex offenders in 2005. (Worst Molesters Unsupervised. After prison, Idaho's violent sex, Spokesman Review, The (Spokane), 2005). Even if we presume that one molester is capable of hurting dozens of children throughout his lifetime, the difference in number still shows us that only a small part of child molesters are caught and registered.
One of the most terrible things is that this type of crime is rarely reported to police. The thing is that according to the statistical data given earlier, most sexual crimes against children are committed inside the family. The other members often choose not to let anyone know about the molestation and sexual abuse which's happening inside the family, as they are afraid of public attention and disgrace. It often happens in such families that the child is blamed for the things that happen with him or her, like in the case that was investigated in Milwaukee in 1999. The 13-year old girl was assaulted by her step-father, but when