Thursday 22 March 2018

An idea with good intentions, but mob justice isn't the answer

Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

In the great and ever-expanding pantheon of terrible things that people can do to each other, violating a child remains the most unforgivable.

Of course, nobody wants to get into some weird Top Trumps; a perverted Maslow's hierarchy of misdeeds to argue which crime against which person is the more heinous. But by every accepted, civilised standard, violating a child is simply off the scale.

Society's stomach is rightly turned by such acts, even if the sentencing doesn't always seem commensurate with the crime that was committed. But no matter how repulsed we are by the perpetrators, the current piece of draft legislation, which proposes to alert the public about the location of a potentially high-risk sex offender, is something we should be concerned about.

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