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Of course they protest – they are the main perps

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on May 31, 2008

Queue a parent who’s sole point was basically, this shouldn’t be given to the under 10s (the booklet is written for the 9-11 age group). But her point was that parents should be given the right to choose about whether and how this information is distributed. Which is laudable in most families. But not in others – in some families leaving it to the parents simply won’t work because it is parents who are abusers or parents who are protecting abusers. To claim, as she implicitly does, that parents can’t be part of the problem is naive and blinkered. Lets run that again – this is a booklet on child abuse, most physical abuse is committed by parents or caregivers, neglect and emotional abuse is committed by parents or caregivers, sexual abuse can be committed by parents or caregivers. Prioritising the parent in this discussion misunderstands the intention – to inform children that their rights are not reliant on their parents allowing them access to them.

Of course the Parents are going to protest – as parents are abusers more or less by definition, from the child’s point of view. Naturally they won’t want their source of drug/fix let go or be informed of its rights.

I’d report the parent that objected to the police as a suspected sexual abuser or protector of an abuser.


2 Responses to “Of course they protest – they are the main perps”

  1. Holly said

    You’re right, of course, SB. For parents who really do abuse their children, it is like a drug fix for them, I think. And of course they aren’t going to willingly let that go. It’s quite interesting to see how many parents get up in arms over something that’s designed to help the children, isn’t it? One has to wonder if those protesting the loudest are guilty in some way…


  2. Are you my 12th reader? Thank you!

    Yes, Holly, I do think it’s suspect that parents are the ones protest the most when measures are taken to protect their children by organizations that are out there for exactly that purpose.

    It’s either because they can’t let go of their control or because they are themselves abusers.

    I really think people should have a license to procreate – for the sake of the children. If a child is at danger I say “fuck the parent’s civil rights” until it has been established without any doubt that the child is not in any danger.

    Parents are dangerous people for children to be around.



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