Madeleine McCann ‘Befriends’ A Paedo
MADELEINE McCann: BEFRIEND a paedophile. And not just a paedo but other sex offenders. The BBC’s Bob Howard wonder if “’befriending’ them be the best way to stop them committing more crimes?” Well, yes. If you give them what they want.
In a trail for the Donal MacIntyre shop BBC Radio 5 live on Sunday 11 April at 1930, the BBC meets Sarah, who “regularly meets a man convicted of serious sex offences against children”. He nows live in the “community”. Not the paedo community, but a more general community called London.
Sarah says she was partly inspired to volunteer by the press coverage surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
You know, the child you inspired MacIntyre to journey to Praia a Luz and solve the case for the media.
She goes on:
“There was a lot of press talking about paedophiles, lots of big splash front pages saying ‘evil’. I started to think there’s got to be a way to stop this from happening in the beginning.”
Hold on a moment. The disappearance of the innocent child who became the media’s Our Maddie might not involve a paedo. But in some merging of fact and fiction and fear, the missing child’s legacy is to get volunteers to make pals with a paedo. Do they wear Maddie badges?
Ok, sarcasm aside. This is progress. The paedophile amnesty has yet to made real, but here at least is a woman doing something to make paedophiles confront that part of their human nature that made them a pariah.
“There’s a lot of trepidation. You never know how you’re going to react. Your first instinct is to feel disgust and revulsion over what they’ve done.”
And your second?
“I don’t consider myself a bleeding-heart liberal. I’m someone who looks at the big picture and tries to find a solution. As far as the police tell us he hasn’t offended in five years. He doesn’t want to re-offend again, he doesn’t want to create any more victims.”
And it’s a paedo monitoring service, too:
“…volunteers in East Anglia say they became suspicious of the offender’s behaviour. Circle volunteer Ian says from the start they felt there was something wrong. He was telling us things which just didn’t sound right. We reported it. The police reckoned he was grooming a young boy.”
So. How do you deal with paedos?