Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Is it Good for the Children?

It seems a recent study shows that parental worries about Internet sex predators are overblown. This is not according to some paid for research by a partisan committee but done by the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

Of course since it is in New Hampshire, it will be immediately labeled as "liberal trash" by Huckabee types.

This whole issue of internet sex crimes, and sex crimes in general has consistently been overblown in the media and by the public. Think about it, sex crimes is the perfect confluence of sex, fear the law enforcement establishment's desire to look good (and get funding) without actually having to do the dangerous work of addressing violent crime.

Police Departments, hoping to show their citizens they are "protecting" the children, give perverted, dirty-talking, desk-bound deputies a teenage fantasy life. They are the true internet trawlers, fishing to entrap people even though a crime was not committed. One intelligent judge threw out a conviction of a man convicted of soliciting a 50 year old deputy posing as a kid. He unfortunately got shot down.

So law enforcement goes on creating criminals to feed the hungry prison system by propagating the fantasy that innocent little teens (does such a beast exist?) are dying to have sex with some sleezeball who is old enough to be their daddy.

The reality, according to the study, most abuse is perpetrated by people the kid knows. Most victims meet online offenders face-to-face and go to those meetings expecting to engage in sex. Nearly three-quarters have sex with partners they met on the Internet more than once.

Child sexual abuse is wrong, do not mistake what I or the study is saying. What is more important is to teach your child about being safe, monitoring them, giving them information on sex and sexuality and in general acting like a parent. What is counterproductive are efforts to censor the internet and making criminals out of everyone.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So true. How many lives and businesses has that show, 'To Catch a Predator,' ruined? The ONE thing we don't need in this world are cops who lure normally law-abiding citizens into breaking laws. They might as well have the bank "mistakenly" deposit an extra $10,000 in your bank account and then arrest you for not paying taxes on it.

I remember when I first did chat rooms on AOL back in the mid-90s. You could tell even then who was the FBI guy in the room by how desperate "she" was to get you to meet her. Like you say, those 12-year old girls are just dying to hook up with a bald, fat, 40-something guy, that's what they want to brag to their girlfriends about!

This is a warning to everyone: real predators don't bother with the internet. They either go out and opportunity-snatch a kid off the street (which as we know is rare and well-publicized), or they hang in highly secretive places online — places cops can't get to.

I'm still waiting for the day when some guy waits for Chris Hansen to come from behind the curtain and he pulls out a gun and blows Hansen's brains all over the kitchen. Now that I'd watch!