Myths and bias create deep division between humans. To achieve equality and mutual respect, it is crucial that we separate falsehoods from facts.
The myths about sex offenders abound. Men do get convicted of sexual crimes almost 10 times more than women. However, it is a myth that women do not commit sex crimes. It is sobering to learn about the prevalence of women as abusers.
Another myth: sex offenders cannot be cured. My experience tells me otherwise. Successful treatment takes awhile, but so does recovery from addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs, dietary habits, lying, internet porn or gambling.
Bias against convicted criminals, especially those with a violent past, can be overcome. Society’s bias against sex offenders is the strongest, even among other felons. Many believe that sex offenders can never be fully accepted back in society, that they can’t be trusted. Crimininalism, like racism, sexism and classism, prevents those with certain characteristics from being our equal. Facing our biases is healthy, for us and for society.