I'm taking the liberty to copy and paste comments that I just posted in another topic. Please excuse me if this is not according to the A2K rules.
My comments really are addressed to all readers of this topic. Perhaps I don't need to say this; but I will, anyway. The impact of sexual abuse in the lives of children is devastating. Their lives as adults are adversely affected. I have seen this personally in the lives of individuals I've known over the years.
My former best friend was married to an incest victim. (Incest truly is a special case of pedophilia.) His now ex-wife was repeatedly raped by her maternal grandfather, starting when she was about five. (Incidentally, the monster had victimized his daughter, my friend's future mother-in-law, when she was a very young girl.) When the young daughter of my friend and his wife reached that age, my friend's wife (the mother of the young girl) started undergoing a process of mental deterioration, experiencing flashbacks of assaults by her grandfather. As I indicated, my friend and his wife eventually got a divorce. The evil of her grandfather (who had passed away by this time) lived on after him, reaching beyond the grave to hurt his great-granddaughter (who, of course, was devasted by her parents' divorce) whom he did not live long enough to see and even me when I lost my best friend, as an indirect result of this tragedy.
Another friend of mine had to be incarcerated in a mental institution when he suffered a nervous breakdown in 1966 (if I remember correctly) at the age of 17. He had been terrorized by friends of drug-dealing "jocks" at his high school, whom he had reported to the police when they tried to get him to take drugs. While he was in the mental institution, not only was he beaten by interns; but also he was raped by a pedophile, a muscular man in his 40s. My friend never received treatment for his abuse, because at the time this crime was committed, it was believed that men never got raped. Today he still has nightmares and suffers from post traumatic stress syndrome. He has never been married. He is a 58-year-old virgin because the sexual assault traumatized him so badly that he was left without any sexual urge at all.
In a fair and logical world, pedophiles would be SHOT without mercy. Just my opinion.