The Pedophile Problem

By Eric Zanzucchi (@ericzanzucchi)

Jerry Sandusky got sentenced to 30 years minimum (a virtual life sentence) on Tuesday and that got me thinking about the pedophile problem. (Yes, I’m one of those people who view it as a problem.) We’ve been studying human behavior for centuries and I feel like that in this day and age we should know more about their methodology.

At some point as a society we learned that rapists and murderers liked to pick up hitchhikers as victims and thus hitchhiking is a thing of the past. So why are we so bad at picking up on pedophiles little tricks? Maybe it’s because everyone who knows them says the same thing, that they seemed perfectly normal. Sandusky was described that way by everyone who had no knowledge of his crimes.

But still shouldn’t we be studying these diddlers? Shouldn’t we try to figure out any early warning signs that might indicate future problems?

Which raises the question of whether or not we as a society are even trying to solve the problem? I don’t think we are. It seems like whenever these stories about pedophiles becomes major news we simply treat the molester as a Frankenstein and then move on to the next ghoul. I’m sure that some people who read this will think I’m a heretic for suggesting that we not go with the Frankenstein treatment. It’s just hard for me to believe that when it comes to human behavior patterns there are unsolvable problems.