Observations On the Contrary

What should we do with child sex offenders?

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6908 (Published 26 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6908

Re: What should we do with child sex offenders?

Dear Editors,

Recently, three men were arrested in Greece.

They have been raping together and then threatening to silence very young girls.

Their crimes had been going on weekly, for 8 consecutive years!

Paedophilic abuses were revealed only because a 14 year old girl got pregnant.

All victims still suffer serious psychiatric post traumatic disorders.

These paedophiles were set free after paying a fine of 1,000 euros each!

Greek judges adapt to new, mild penalty guidelines.

There is no money to support large prison populations in Greece…

Is setting these paedophiles free fair?

Competing interests: Dr Stavros Saripanidis is an active voluntary member of a non-profit organization that fights for women's rights.

12 April 2012
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Private Surgery
Thessaloniki, Greece