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Friday, April 18, 2014

Misguided, Misdirected Efforts to Protect Children Further Mostly The Interests of Self-Serving Politicians, Not Children




I have been an outspoken advocate for children’s rights for years, including times when it pertains to the topic of pedophilia and child sexual and physical abuse in general. However, the measures our society (specifically, our government) and the public have been taking for decades have, to a large extent, been misguided, partially due to irresponsible, misinformed and woefully ignorant politicians who, in self-serving fashion, seek the votes of their constituents for re-election with little, or no, regard for the actual welfare of our children.

The fact of the matter is that most of the perpetrators of child sexual abuse are known to the victims and their families before the crimes are ever committed. In other words, the threat, almost always, lies within the home, not with some unknown, spooky boogeyman lurking outside the house in the bushes that’s just waiting to pounce on your unsuspecting child.

For decades our politicians have passed hundreds of laws (and continue to do so to this very day) that foster the false idea that this myth is actually true and not the other way around as is actually the case.

The end result of all this ignorance on the part of our politicians and the general public is that vast sums of money are being squandered in the pursuit of legislation and the implementation of child abuse laws, along with the allocation of funds to enforce those laws, which have proven, by and large, to be misguided and misdirected. This happens in the case of laws enacted that funnel money in the wrong direction as opposed to where it would actually be effective.

Ultimately, this hurts our children and even endangers them in many cases. Tax dollars would be better spent by taking a radical, new approach that is really not so radical at all. It simply involves educating people about the truths (and many myths) regarding this issue and not perpetuating an endless host of lies for self-serving, selfish politicians that do your own children more harm than good. Ignorance, I would argue, helps no one, least of all, our children in this case.