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Cruel AttachmentsThe Ritual Rehab of Child Molesters in Germany$
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John Borneman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226233888

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226234076.001.0001

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Rehabilitation of Pedophiles

Rehabilitation of Pedophiles

(p.120) Three Rehabilitation of Pedophiles
Cruel Attachments

John Borneman

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines not whether but how therapy is efficacious within ritual rehab. It follows the ritual process of rehabilitation, beginning with the accusation of abuse, to arrest, imprisonment, trial, sentencing, therapy, and reintegration into the social. It then examines the case of a man twice convicted of molesting adolescent men as he explicates his acts and history in therapy. For a long time the offender resists introspection and appears uninterested or unable to comprehend what therapy might bring him. He shows an inability to empathize with his victims and is unable to write a letter of apology to them, as demanded by the therapists. Shortly before release from prison, there seems to be a therapeutic break in the external shell the offender presents to others. The chapter concludes that he had been exhibiting to the therapists a False Self to hide a more vulnerable and caring, True Self, a split he had developed in past experiences of persecution and in a non-reciprocal yet care-taking relationship with the law.

Keywords:   Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, person, true self, false self, pedophile, impression management, ritual process, ritual rehab, East Germany, the state

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