Victim, Perpetrator: A Psychiatrist's Paradox
Our Neapolitan Dottoré considers the danger she and her colleagues face when criminals are placed under their supervision.
A psychiatrist is doing her job. A man arrives and threatens her with a loaded gun. The police arrive, and arrest him. Eventually the judge orders that the criminal be treated by that very same psychiatrist.
The victim, then, must consider the perpetrator a sick person, who will be "cured" and then freed, ready to strike again.
The law, on the other hand, does not consider that the perpetrator is first of all a criminal and that there's a victim who needs protecting.
Today it happened to a doctor. Tomorrow it could happen to someone else. Should a new incident happen, the paradox is that the blame would fall on the psychiatrist who should have been able to "control" and treat the patient.
Because by now all delinquents are considered "crazy" and are no longer put under arrest. But alas, there is no cure for criminal behavior.
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