I, Pedophile dares to empathize: Knelman
Matthew Campea knew it wouldn’t be easy to persuade viewers to welcome pedophiles into their living rooms. Yet I, Pedophile is so riveting and enlightening, you can’t stop watching it. It premieres Thursday at 9 p.m. on CBC’s doc series Firsthand.
Campea’s goal, bound to be controversial, was to bring empathy to troubled men who rarely get any.
“No other part of the population goes through such demonization and witch-hunts,” the 28-year-old director told me when I met him at a midtown café.
They even find a way to demonize Stephen Harper and express hope that good Prince Justin will help the Pedophiles out…
Part of the story takes place in Germany. But there’s a sad aspect of the film that exposes something unsettling about Canada during the Harper era.
An organization called Circles of Support and Accountability deals with sex offenders who have been released from prison — providing them with support to help them avoid reoffending.
The idea of offering support to sex offenders may seem bizarre, but it worked, delivering a large decline in the recidivism rate.
The organization was largely dependent on federal funding. But in 2014, alas, the federal government cancelled its support. According to Campea, the organization is still operating, but in a reduced capacity.
If Justin Trudeau happens to watch this compelling doc, he might consider restoring the funding.
Just the latest effort by the media to normalize pedophilia.