Please find below an open letter that Dr. David Pelcovitz asked me to post on my website regarding the letter he submitted to the judge in the Evan Zauder case.
Full disclosure; David is a close personal friend who has graciously made himself available to mentor me on a wide range of mental health and child safety/abuse prevention issues on a pro bono basis whenever called upon over the past seventeen years. My long-standing position supporting the reporting of predators to the authorities and my advocacy on behalf of abuse survivors and child safety education are in no small part due to the influence he has had on my life.
Here below is the text of his letter:
To Whom It May Concern:
I sincerely apologize to the abuse survivors who were upset by the submission of my letter to the judge in the Evan Zauder case.
Having spent my career researching the impact of abuse, working on developing educational, therapeutic and community prevention programs and treating survivors of abuse, I am deeply saddened that a letter I wrote added to their pain.
In no way does the letter I wrote reflect a belief on my part that possession of child pornography is a trivial or victimless crime and, once again, I profoundly regret the pain that my letter has caused abuse survivors.
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