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article imageSpanish psychologist suggests suicide as an option for pedophiles

By Anne Sewell     Aug 19, 2014 in World
San Sebastian - Javier Urra, a leading psychologist in Spain, admitted to guests at a book seminar held in San Sebastián, northern Spain on Monday, that he has recommended suicide to various recurring pedophiles and rapists who were his patients.
Urra is the former Children's Commissioner for Madrid and has treated several clients who were either serial rapists or pedophiles. What Urra apparently told these patients was that taking their own lives would be an "ethical escape."
He was speaking at a press conference in San Sebastián where there have been several summer courses at the University of the Basque Country in northern Spain, including "How to survive from toxic people," led by the Basque writer and fellow psychologist, Espido Freire.
Heading the conference on "Values ​​and Virtues. Truths and Lies," Urra told the media, “They may have served their time but they haven’t redeemed themselves or paid society back, especially if they know they’re going to re-offend.”
He reportedly tells his patients to, "Look in the mirror and ask yourself about your future and, above all, ask yourself if you are worthwhile to carry on living."
“(It’s) an ethical escape for themselves and for society. I am suggesting it,” he added.
Freire, who was present at the same conference, supported Urra’s comments and viewpoint, saying, “What do we do with people who refuse to abide by the rules?"
“We have the ethical obligation to protect people who can't do so by themselves,” he added.
On separate note, Freire also referred to various Spanish politicians and bankers that have recently been arrested for fraud and other crimes. He pondered on what happens to the "white-collar psychopaths, who have brought this country to ruin," and said "they are not paying for their crimes" or are doing so just "a little in terms of reputation."
Spanish sources:
La Voz de Galicia
ABC
The Local
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