A Tortuous Path: Atonement and Reinvention in a Broken System Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Pelloski is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and subsequently suffered throughout most of his life with undiagnosed and untreated Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, with Dissociative Features.
In the summer of 2013, his personal, public, and professional life came to a painful reckoning. By the fall of 2014, he became Inmate#: 71491-061 at the Federal Correctional Institution, Elkton.
Dr. Pelloski has received numerous literary awards for both of his books and is a strong advocate for change in social policies and a better understanding of mental health issues.
Author's Website: cepauthorpage.com/
See the author's exclusive interview with criminal defense attorney, Stephen E. Palmer, Esq.: youtube.com/watch?v=cCxRfX_6iFE
- File size : 5278 KB
- Publication date : April 26, 2019
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 298 pages
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- Language: : English
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- ASIN : B07R6FHCXR
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- Best Sellers Rank: #712,638 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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His tortuous path began with his own sexual abuse as a young child. His childhood innocence was stolen and the trauma shaped his life. Carrying this hidden burden he became successful in his career until his viewing of child pornography brought his whole world crashing down. As an adult his crime has labeled him and he will be quickly judged by anyone not willing to show compassion or wanting to know more. It's not a subject anyone wants to talk about, but its online availability makes it a danger to our society and we must address it. It is unhealthy to view it, but then the people that are viewing it aren't healthy are they? So children that have been sexually abused must be helped through their trauma so they don't end up as broken adults. How do we do that? What about the children that are used in making these videos? Where are they and what has their trauma done to them? Are the people that make these videos held accountable? Why do we allow this material on the internet? Surely we have the technology to flag it, remove it, find the originators, shut them down and treat the victims.
Chris's story is his story. In sharing it he has illuminated a personal problem and also a societal problem. Pornography in all forms is a destroyer of people. So do we really want to address this problem or is it about money and politics like many things in this country?
This book is definitely worth reading. Just one takeaway is making one aware of the surface judgments that take place everyday. Every human being has worth and deserves a second chance especially when they have done what has been required of them.
Thank you Chris Pelloski.
This book presents some basic questions that we need to answer. Are Federal criminalization and long prison sentences effective in preventing child pornography? Or as the author puts it, "Is there a better way to deal with the problem than crushing partially broken people, labeling them as the worst of all human beings, and then warehousing them, compounding old traumas and creating new ones- while spending billions of tax dollars to do so without putting a dent in the online child pornography stockpile and its related activity?"
Dr. Pelloski also takes a mighty swing at mandatory federal sentencing, and the arbitrary way in which people are sentenced for similar non-violent, non-contact offenses. The FBI doesn’t escape his scrutiny either. He rightfully criticizes law enforcement for distributing child pornography in the attempt to catch offenders. “In the name of ‘catching monsters’, the FBI is committing more serious crimes than the people it arrests.”
Even though the subject matter is very heavy, the book is a great read. Dr. Pelloski's descriptions of life at Elkton Prison are worth the price of admission. His descriptions of the broken people there are entertaining and heartbreaking at the same time. He is a gifted writer.
This work addresses another important issue in our modern era. Are we interested in rehabilitating and re-absorbing people who have committed wrong? Or are we simply interested in permanent punishment and ostracism? At what point has someone served their time, atoned for their transgressions, and adequately apologized? Are we even interested in this?
Dr. Pelloski's story also illustrates what we have lost. We currently have 2.2 million people in prison - the highest rate of incarceration in the world. One of these was a former doctor no longer allowed to practice medicine in a country where people die every day due to lack of medical care. Consider the cancer research not conducted, tumors left untreated, future oncologists not instructed. And that’s just one of 2.2 million people. How many other valuable members of society are wasting away after long, mandatory sentences? Is there a better way? Those who care about the answers to these questions will find this book valuable.
Dr. Pelloski says it well. "There is always something new to learn- often from the most unexpected sources." Read this book, and you’ll see what he means.
The prequel was interesting. This book was a free download from one of my book clubs. When I read the brief description, I wanted to learn more about this disorder (PTSD). It is unfortunate that the authors license to practice was revoked. But he is a sex offender and viewed child Lori which is illegal. I continue to have mixed feelings about this author