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    In 2001, Chris Morris brought 'Paedogeddon' to the UK in a special episode of Brass Eye, which imagined a Britain in which the role of the media had become so prominent that a hunt for pedophiles had become a national sport.

    This has almost become a reality. We have become a nation in hysteria.

    At the moment, as a society, many victims are coming out of the woodwork. This can be seen as good and bad. While it's really important to know this happened, I worry about the irrational fear it feeds into the psyche of British society.

    From the point of view of the media, I wouldn't go as far as saying there's a 'witch-hunt' as some do, but I believe uncovering pedophiles has become a strange form of cultural entertainment, and I think that's where the comparison with the 'witch-hunt' ends.

    I believe the nature of the punishment for historic sex offences should be thought about and maybe reconsidered.

    I don't believe an 84 year old man should've actually been imprisoned for the rest of his life and believe it's arguably a burden on the taxpayer. His last offence was in the 1980s and there's no evidence he's a threat to society now. How does it comfort his victims? Being on the sex offenders' list and having his assets stripped, to the sum which takes account of his earnings between his first and last offence, is a just punishment from my point of view.

    His assets could've been given to charities such as the NSPCC which can focus its efforts on ensuring as much support is out there for people who think they are victims of child abuse today, so they are encouraged to report incidents straight away and the forensic evidence can prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt.
 
 
 
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