In the main section of the Sun Journal June 26 were no fewer than four reports on the violent abuse of children.

All the discussion is about how the perpetrators are going to be punished. Zero discussion about how the children are going to be protected. As long as that focus is maintained, the children will continue to be abused.

The fact is that aggressive outreach and creative treatment, that might reach these folks before they harm the children, has been drastically cut. This is sick behavior, yet nothing is being done to understand or treat the illness.

We are so bent on punishing that we fail to protect the victims.

Incidences have increased dramatically in the 30 years since I first worked with such children. Should we wait another 30 years before acknowledging that punishing the perpetrators is not protecting the children?

James Tierney, Auburn

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