Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Did Pedophilia Hysteria Cause Child's Death?

Did Pedophilia Hysteria Cause Child's Death?
Consider what happened to Abby. The toddler wandered from her nursery school ... through a door left open. A bricklayer named Clive Peachey drove past her in his truck. At the inquest, he stated, "I kept thinking I should go back. The reason I didn't was because I thought people might think I was trying to abduct her."

.... A few minutes thereafter, Abby fatally fell into an algae-covered pond. ....

Last summer, an Illinois man lost an appeal on his conviction as a sex offender for grabbing the arm of a 14-year-old girl. She had stepped directly in front of his car, causing him to swerve in order to avoid hitting her.

The 28-year-old Fitzroy Barnaby jumped out his car, grabbed her arm and lectured her on how not to get killed. Nothing more occurred. Nevertheless, that one action made him guilty of "the unlawful restraint of a minor," which is a sexual offense in Illinois. Both the jury and judge believed him. Nevertheless, Barnaby went through years of legal proceedings that ended with his name on a sex offender registry, where his photograph and address are publicly available. He must report to authorities. His employment options are severely limited; he cannot live near schools or parks.

Arguably, the law would have punished Barnaby less had he hit the girl or not cared enough to lecture her. ....

Again, Barnaby is an extreme case. But ordinary people make decisions on how to interact with children based on such high profile stories.

3 Comments:

At 5:54 PM, Blogger Anchorage Activist said...

I'm elated to see that someone else shares my concern about this issue. I've not been personally affected, but I read the same articles you did.

One additional note: If this pedophilia hysteria doesn't cease, it will become more difficult to find adult males willing to mentor boys under the auspices of organizations like Big Brothers. Many of these boys come from fatherless families and desperately need a constructive male influence.

Click Here to see my analysis of this issue.

 
At 6:26 PM, Blogger GrannyGrump said...

Thanks for the comment, aa.

But your link didn't work.

My dad was conscious of the fact that a man can easily be accused of something nefarious, so if he saw a kid unattended, he'd stand at a distance and talk to the kid, asking, if the kid needed help finding Mommy or Daddy, and he'd look for a woman whose attention he could call to the situation.

Even as a woman I'm careful not to touch a child who seems to be separated from the parents. I'll ask, "Where's your mommy?" and follow the kid because most of the time they'll head straight to the mom when you ask them. I don't know what I'd do if the kid started crying and clearly didn't know where mommy was.

 
At 6:26 PM, Blogger GrannyGrump said...

Thanks for the comment, aa.

But your link didn't work.

My dad was conscious of the fact that a man can easily be accused of something nefarious, so if he saw a kid unattended, he'd stand at a distance and talk to the kid, asking, if the kid needed help finding Mommy or Daddy, and he'd look for a woman whose attention he could call to the situation.

Even as a woman I'm careful not to touch a child who seems to be separated from the parents. I'll ask, "Where's your mommy?" and follow the kid because most of the time they'll head straight to the mom when you ask them. I don't know what I'd do if the kid started crying and clearly didn't know where mommy was.

 

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