Our Modern Day Monsters

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Child molesters occupy a dark corner in our collective nightmares. Murderers and rapists may return to society after they’ve served their time but child molesters are considered so dangerous that their names are published to warn neighbors of their presence.

In a culture that worships youth with an often-erotic twist to the dress code, and the music, why is this crime, and why are these criminals, seen as so much more heinous than others? The writer Daniel Bergner spent a year following one convicted pedophile who is trying to navigate his way back into a society that has no place for him.


Daniel Bergner, author of the New York Times Magazine article “The Making of a Molester”

Dr. Fred Berlin, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.