I would say trying to understand it rather than excusing it. For reasons that are quite unclear, the subject has become a major taboo and the only line that is acceptable is "paedophiles are beasts and monsters and should be locked up for life"..
That is not true. Most paedophiles aren't even locked up for long periods much less for life which obviously gives the lie to that assertion.
The pretense that paedophiles are treated like monsters and locked up for life is just another side to the hysteria. That is not treating the subject in a calm and rational manner. Why not argue about the actual sentencing guidlines and treatment of offenders not pretend ones. Everyone knows that paedophiles aren't locked up and the keys thrown away because we regularly discuss how they are settled back in communities and what level of supervision they should have!