Monday, May 31, 2010

Play Doctor, Get Convicted of Attempted Rape

That "we try ten-year-old boys, too young to be capable of the sex act, for a supposed rape for which there was no physical evidence," argues Peter Hitchens, is a sign of "our sex-obsessed culture, which combines an almost total neglect of children with a sickly sentimentalisation of them," and "the conventional wisdom that James Bulger and Baby Peter were the victims of failed state intervention, rather than of unrestrained, fearless human evil" — This is the law, not teddy-hugging time at the local nursery.

Rod Dreher earlier linked to Frank Furedi's piece about the same "conviction... in London of a 10-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy for attempted rape... despite the fact that the eight-year-old defendant admitted in court that she had made up the story" — A showtrial of children for being naughty. Calling the case "the very public exploitation of these three children for the purposes of working out adult fantasies," Mr. Furedi writes:
    British society has become so morally disoriented about childhood that it has lost the ability to make a moral distinction between childhood and adulthood. It looks upon adults as simply biologically mature children, and children as physically underdeveloped grown-ups. This leads to a tragic state of affairs where children’s behaviour is continually interpreted through the prism of adult imaginations. At its worst, contemporary British culture attributes adult motives to children’s behaviour. Consequently, even infants in nurseries are told off for their ‘harassment’ of other kids or for their ‘racist’ behaviour.

    Adult obsessions with sex are recycled through the discussion of children. As a result, society tends to sexualise children through interpreting youngsters’ behaviour as if it is driven by adult motives. The adult world – including many child experts and policymakers – often see sexual motives behind normal children’s behaviour. We live in a world where six-year-old children are expelled from school for inappropriate sexual behaviour, where a 10-year-old boy is put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for touching a girl, and where playing ‘doctors and nurses’ is increasingly interpreted as the precursor to an act of sexual violence.

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Blogger The Sanity Inspector said...

The progressive model for society: treat adults like children, and treat children like adults!

5:30 AM  
Blogger love the girls said...

Evil stalks the earth in many forms, of which the most virulent are those who work for the government.

11:53 AM  

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