Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, Vol. 10, No. 1, 1998 Commentary Comment on Marshall's "Monster, Victim, or Everyman" Vernon L. Quinsey1 INTRODUCTION The scientific literature is, like the Internet, a marketplace of ideas and requires competing views if it is to function effectively. It is in this context that I write this commentary. In my view, Marshall's (1996) paper that recently appeared in this journal misconstrues the scientific approach to sexual offending and sexual offender treatment, in part by conflating moral and scientific concerns and in part by implicitly advocating a weak inference scientific strategy. The original Marshall plan, once described as the most unsordid act in history, transformed war-torn Western Europe. This enormous effort was motivated by both humanitarian and collective security goals and succeeded because of brilliant planning. The more recent Marshall plan appearing in this journal is also motivated by humanitarian and security goals. Unlike its illustrious predecessor, however, it is unclear about how its humanitarian goals could be achieved and, if achieved, how their achievement could be recognized. THE MORAL HIGH GROUND For the purposes of exposition as well as politeness, I will assume that we all occupy the moral high ground.
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