It is an oft cited myth that a child molester cannot control his abusive sexual behaviors. If this were true, child molesters would offend whenever they felt a sexual urge in the presence of a child. They’d molest when they are walking down the street, they’d molest at the mall, and they’d molest on the bima in the middle of prayer services. But with rare exception, this doesn’t happen. Because adults who are looking to molest a child –
like anyone seeking to commit a wrong or sinful act – prefer to do so in private, where there is less chance of getting caught.
Sexual abuse of a child has less to do with the setting, whether it’s shul, or school, or home – than with an offender having ready opportunities to abuse.
Dr. Shira Berkovitz speaking about “Preventing Sexual Abuse” at Rinat Yisrael (Teaneck, NJ) on September 14, 2014. Her point is that policies which make it more likely molesters will be detected also prevent molesting by discouraging them out of fear of being caught.
NOTE- The above quote comes off the tape of the event rather than the Jewish Standard which misquoted her with the text below.
”There’s an oft- cited belief molesters can’t control their urges. If that were the case they would molest when walking down the street, in the mall, on the bima. That doesn’t happen. Instead, they wait for the right opportunity, when there are fewer chances of getting caught.