Issues and Experts: Career pedophiles, serious gaming
Can career pedophiles be redeemed?
It’s a question that a lot of people are asking following the arrest of a convicted child molester and a guilty plea from a retired priest on 47 sexual charges. SFU criminologists Patrick Lussier and Dave MacAlister can comment on the success rate in rehabilitating known child molesters such as Peter Whitmore. They can also address the potential flaws in a justice system that doesn’t catch up with sex offenders in trusted positions, such as 83-year-old Charles Sylvestre, a retired priest, until they’re elderly.
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Playing the homeless game
There is no fun in seeing people suffer, but a computer game about their plight may help players appreciate human suffering. It’s that kind of thinking that motivated Terry Lavender, the communications manager at SFU Surrey, to design Homeless: It’s NO Game — the first game of its kind in the world. Lavender can elaborate on his research into creating computer games that are both fun and raise social awareness, without reinforcing stereotypes. He can also talk about the wealth of interactive technology and services at his feet at SFU Surrey, which enable him to pursue his research. Lavender will demonstrate his game at the SFU Surrey Open Houses, Sept. 8 and 9.
- Terry Lavender, 778.782.7408, 604.681.6350 (cell), 1-604.961.6350 (on long weekend), firstname.lastname@example.org