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An American mother discovers that the legal system's "cure" for child sex abuse can be worse than the alleged disease. She writes anonymously in the web magazine Salon ttp://

By Anonymous   May 1997


28th February 1997

Every wednesday i find a seat in a windowless basement room, in a circle of 25 people. The chairs are hard and cold, the level of discomfort far more than physical. There are eight teenage boys and two therapists, all the rest of us are parents. These boys, including my son, are sex offenders.

Some months ago, a school counsellor called and said he needed to speak to me at once. When he arrived I was braced for the worst. What he told me was more unexpected than death-my 14-year-old son had confessed to molesting…

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