Read more about the witch hunt and the demonisation process
Abuse witch-hunt traps innocent in
a net of lies, November 26th 2000, author & source unknown.
Public alarm over paedophiles has led to a relentless 'trawl' for sex perverts.
David Rose and Gary Horne report on one man whose life was ruined when he fell
victim to the wave of panic.
A well documented case to put in your archive for the next article you'll
B. Peter (Ipce member), How things work
The perception of many gays is that the social changes that happened for
them, where their social status improved, was a logical outcome of their efforts
as a group to force society to change. However, this point of view is
It is certainly flattering to believe that, along with others in a sexual
minority, you have been able to bring about social change. In a sense, this is
valid. However, on other levels explanations of the mechanisms of social change
Bech, Henning, Women and Man:
Larsen, Jytte, Classical
Feminism Continues to Create Pedophile Panic; Women and Men,
an epoch-making book by
; A translated [from
Danish] review, in FORUM,
9 May 2005
Below is my attempt to translate a review of what I believe to be an
epoch-making book important to all of us. It analyses the causes of
pedophobia as lying in outdated, if it ever was true, classical
feminist theory. The feminists who produce these theories are employed
at the Universities in the Western World. The author who himself is
professor of sociology at Copenhagen University questions the very
foundations of classical feminist theory. Most of it is simply
unscientific and is causing more harm than good to all of us rather
than solving problems in the real world.
and Dynamics of Pedophile Panics; some quotes from professor in
Sociology, Copenhagen University, Henning Bech´s Women and Men, 2005,
in: Ipce Newsletter E 21, July 2006.
”It is not improbable that the vast majority of sexual contacts between
children and adults in themselves have nothing to do with misuse.”
Beckett, K.; Culture
and the Politics of Signification: The Case of Child Sexual Abuse. Social
Problems (February 1996).
The various viewpoints and ways of talking about child sexual abuse, and
the way the ruling conceptions have changed over time.
Birkett, Dea, Monsters with human
faces, in: The Guardian, Weekend. September 17,1997
No one attracts more odium than paedophiles, nor more virulent campaigns against
them. How can they imagine that they are justified in their desires? How does it
feel to be accused of craving sex with children when you believe you are
innocent? Dea Birkett talks to some of society's ultimate lowlifes to find out.
Pictures by Jenny Matthews
Cut out the
paedophile hysteria, says Irons; , The Sunday Times, February 27, 2005
THE ACTOR Jeremy Irons, who starred in the film Lolita, has spoken out about how
“hysteria” over paedophilia is damaging relations between adults and
Irons, who has two sons with his wife Sinead Cusack, suggests that society,
while protecting children, should not become so rigidly obsessed with
paedophilia that it prevents adults demonstrating affection to children.
Califa, Pat, The Culture of Radical Sex, 1994: The
Age of Consent: The Great Kiddy-Porn Panic of '77
Culturally induced schizophrenia allows parents to make sentimental speeches
about the fleeting innocence of childhood and the happiness of years unburdened
by carnal lust—and then exhaust themselves policing the sex lives of their
children. Children are celibate because their parents prevent them from playing
with other little kids or adults. They are shy because they are not allowed to
go naked any longer than is absolutely necessary to take a bath. They are not
innocent; they are ignorant, and that ignorance is deliberately created and
maintained by parents who won't answer questions about sex and often punish
their children for being bold enough to ask. This does not make sex disappear.
The erotic becomes a vast, unmapped wilderness whose boundaries are clearly
delineated by averted eyes. Sex becomes the thing not seen, the word not spoken,
the forbidden impulse, the action that must be denied.
Cliss, Sarah, 'Hate
Campaign has made me prisoner of my own home'; Fenland Citizen (UK), 30 April 2008
A Wisbech man's life is being made a living hell thanks to an on-going hate campaign which has seen him branded a paedophile.
The 48-year-old factory worker, from Wilberforce Road, is facing losing his job as a result.
[...] But in fact Mr Pooley has never been in trouble with the police and
has no criminal convictions. And his only involvement with police has
been over the hate campaign.
Dodson, Chuck, The
spectacular achievements of media control - A serious take-off
of Noam Chomsky's vital "Media Control" speech, now a book;
1994-'97; Nonsilent Press.
When most Americans think about aggression in our society, our
first thoughts are apt to include children being abused and/or killed
by sick or outrightly criminal adults. We usually don't consider the
somewhat broader context of what is going on behind the use of these
issues, or the time periods in which they are most emphasized; in
fact, in not seeing this we miss out on a crucial issue that comes
down to what kind of society we want to live in.
Dumay, Jean-Michel, "The
ambiguities in the campaign against paedophilia", in
Le Monde, Saturday 25 March 2000
There cannot be the slightest doubt about the legitimacy of
against the exploitation of children. And, all praise is due to the associations
that, during the past few years, have been tireless in their efforts to break
'conspiracy of silence' that so often conceals cases of sexual or other abuse of
children. However, because this combat - and that against paedophilia in
particular - raises such intense emotions, care must be taken to define its
with great precision.
Il ne viendrait pas un
instant à l'idée de remettre en cause la légitimité des luttes pour la
protection de l'enfance. Et, sur ce terrain-là, il faut louer le travail
d'associations qui, depuis plusieurs années, oeuvrent sans relâche pour
que sortent du silence les affaires d'abus sexuels ou de mauvais traitements
à enfants. Cependant, il est un combat - celui contre la pédophilie -
qui, pour être accompagné dans l'opinion d'une intense émotion, mérite
un particulier discernement.
Fox, James Alan, Signs
of paranoia over pedophilia; MetroWest Daily News, March 5, 2006
The perception that sex offenders are untreatable is based more on fear
than fact. Sex offenders, even pedophiles, actually have a lower rate of
recidivism than most other felons, according to a U.S. Department of Justice
study of thousands of released convicts. Cured or not, many sex offenders are
able to control their impulses. So vigilance and
public notification are fine, but excessively stigmatizing sexual predators does
no one any good.
Franklin, Karen, Sex offender industry sees invasion of "hebephile" hunters;
American Chronicle, December 12, 2007
would roll over in his grave to see how his term is being used today -
in the service of involuntarily committing people to state psychiatric
hospitals. [...] This is but one of several efforts by Doren
to broaden the diagnostic categories under which sex offenders
can be civilly detained. [...]
The absurdity of describing erotic attraction to adolescents as a
mental abnormality is that most normal heterosexual men are sexually
attracted to teenage girls [...] Given the scientifically unsupported nature of this emerging
diagnosis, clinicians are likely to apply it arbitrarily, and especially
to men who are sexually involved with male teenagers.
Gouvellis, Jim, When
adults and children don't mix; Sun Herald, February 9, 2006
Gaze at the children today and you just might get a visit from the police. How
sad for us all.
Griesemer, Michael, Präventionsstrafrecht
- oder - Vom Bürger und vom Hexenbrennen - 2010
1 - Gedicht
2 - Hexenprozesse gegen Kinder und sexuell Deviante im 16. und 17.
Jahrhundert. Erläuterungen, Bemerkungen und Dokumentationen zur
Moritat. Vom Bürger und vom Hexenbrennen.
Im Gegensatz zum Schuldstrafrecht kenne das Präventionsstrafrecht
- als reines Gefahrenabwehrrecht - keine rechtstaatliche Bindung. Im
Gegensatz zum Schuldstrafrecht mit seinen rechtstaatlichen
Vorkehrungen sei das Präventionsstrafrecht „prinzipiell
Als zentrale zeitgeschichtliche Ursachen für die Umwandlung des
klassischen Schuldstrafrechts gilt der medienagile, ab Beginn der
1990er Jahre ausgerufene regierungspolitische „Kampf gegen
Kindesmissbrauch“ (später: „Pädophilie“) in den Neunzigern,
und dann, nach den Anschlägen des 11. September auf das World Trade
Center in New York, ab 2001 der „Kampf gegen den internationalen
Hewitt, Sue; Vigilantes attack 'God-fearing' man; Sunday Herald Sun
(Australia), November 05, 2006
SUBURBAN vigilantes have attacked a man they wrongly believed to be
a pedophile and warned Broadmeadows residents of his presence by letter. The man has been threatened, had his windows smashed, gates
padlocked and letterbox sabotaged in a campaign of harassment spanning two months.
Ipce Magazine # 3: Perverted
Malón, Augustín, On the Iatrogenic Nature of the Child Sexual Abuse Discourse;
Journal Sexuality & Culture, February 27, 2009
The current media obfuscation,
exaggeration, and exploitation, which are endorsed by some activists and
are not adequately examined and challenged by academics and
professionals, are counterproductive to rationality in both academic and
public deliberations, and decisions in these matters in all probability
materially contribute to the iatrogenic problems to be discussed later
in this paper.
M. Griesemer - translated, quoted and summarized
Ausmass und Auswirkungen massenmedialer Desinformation zum Stand der
Wissenschaften über sexuellen Kindesmissbrauch - am Beispiel einer
tragischen klinischen Entwicklunsabweichung; Arbeitsgemeinschaft
Humane Sexualität e.V., Gießen, 2004
If I want to
distinguish two periods [...], I mark 1987 as the dividing line.
[Summarized:] Since that year, the media weekly mentioned sexual abuse of
children and pedophilia, before scarcely known by society and psychologists,
presented as a monstrosity.
The other period I distinguish starts in 1950 with Kinsey's report, goes via the
permissive year 1968 to the early eighties with its welfare. And than, [after
1987], the period of the fall of the communists in the East [of Germany] until
There are significant differences in the way of speaking in both periods, a
difference that has had consequences for our work as psychologists [...]. Also
psychologists felt a pressure to prosecute in our work, and had to adapt their
way of speaking.
J.Haaken and S. Lamb: The
politics of child sexual abuse research. Society 37:4 (2000), pp. 7-14.
Good overview of the current situation regarding the subject of child
sexual abuse. Shows the popular and political forces that have caused the
current extremely negative opinion without committing themselves to either
side of the debate.
Abstract: In Jul 1998, "Psychological Bulletin" published a
meta-analysis of the long-term impact of child sexual abuse on college
students which sought to debunk the belief that childhood sexual abuse was
inevitable traumatic and inevitably led to later mental health problems.
Haaken and Lamb attempt to steer a middle ground between a social
constructionist or culturally relative position on sexuality on the one hand,
and an approach that emphasizes universal principles of justice and care on
Hood, Lynley, Demonising
any class of people is wrong, Wednesday, 29-May 2002.
Demonising any class of people as devoid of humanity and beyond redemption
is wrong. There are dangers in the parallels between the Christchurch Civic Crèche
case and the recent conviction of Raymond White that we ignore at our peril.
Human Rights Watch:
Human Rights Organization Begins Investigation of U.S. Sex Offender
Policy; April 2006
HRW's US Program is currently conducting research about state sex offender
registries, specifically focusing on how broad the registries are, and the
effect that widespread community notification has on the ability of registered
sex offenders (RSOs) to find a place to live free from harassment and acts of
Hutchinson, T.E., Fear
of Pedophiles is Irrational; Consensual Touching of Children Should Be
Legalized; 5/11/2006, The Hawaii Reporter.
Pedophilia-phobia, an irrational fear of pedophiles, is sweeping the nation. It is based primarily on the false notion that anyone with an
attraction to minors cannot control themselves. The existence of draconian laws plays into this falsehood because only those who are
accused of committing crimes come to the attention of the public, or for that matter, nearly
anyone's attention. It is characterized by stereotyping (assuming that an individual has
traits and behaviors generally associated, rightly or wrongly, with a group) and demonizing.
Judd, Dorothy, 'Did they think I had kidnapped him?'; The Guardian, July 21, 2008
Dorothy Judd was reported to the police for simply playing in the woods
with her five-year-old grandson. Now she is afraid to be alone in public
Kincaid, James R., Hunting
pedophiles on the Net. Is the truth about cybercrimes against children tamer
than fiction? Found at "Mothers Who Think" Salon web site.
We need to ask hard questions of our policing agencies and be skeptical even
of our own most heated fears. We've been down that road before, and we ought to
see that nobody is served by such trips. This is what William Dworin, retired
Los Angeles police detective, says: "We won't be able to prove that a child
was saved from molestation because of these proactive investigations, but the
price is worth the effort."
That is precisely the sort of thinking we ought to take to the court of reason.
Let's have some proof that the problem exists. Let's be sure the price is worth
the effort, whatever that means.
Kirkegaard, Hugh & Northey, Wayne, The
Sex Offender as Scapegoat, Vigilante Violence and a Faith Community
In May of 1996, an offender was released from prison to a halfway house in
Toronto. The response of the community to his presence in their midst was
anger and hostility, and the insistence that corrections officials remove
Viewed through the
lens of mimetic theory these realities beg the question, ‘Is it possible that
sex offenders have become scapegoats among us?’ [...]
[...] how we view and treat the perpetrators of
these crimes in our communities, says something about us and the human
In summary, scapegoats are different, vulnerable, illegitimate, and powerful.
The violence of the scapegoat is reciprocated in a cycle of violence such
that the "contagion" emanating from the scapegoating response appears
worse than the original "disease". [...]
In a paradoxical way perhaps the sex offender has something to teach us about
ourselves, our own sexuality, our understanding of community.
Kort, Huib & G. G., Demons,
The Utopian Dream of Safety
, In: KOINOS Magazine # 27
Society is faced with huge problems: needless violence, criminal refugees, and
sex criminals who rape children. These appear to be separate problems calling
for separate solutions. But one has to question whether they are really
unconnected problems, indeed, whether these are problems at all. The actual
problem is broader, more general, and is rooted deeply in the whole of society.
Pointing out scapegoats as an excuse for a failing society is a well-known and
apparently still successful way to exercise the law of the jungle.
Kort, Huib & G. G., Dämonen,
Die Sicherheitsutopie, In: KOINOS
Magazine # 27
Die Gesellschaft wird mit großen Problemen konfrontiert: sinnlose Gewalt,
kriminelle Asylanten und Sexualverbrecher, die Kinder vergewaltigen.
Anscheinend jedes ein Problem für sich, das jedes eine eigene
Vorgehensweise erfordert. Es fragt sich aber, ob dies tatsächlich
Einzelprobleme sind, mehr noch, ob es denn überhaupt Probleme sind. Das
eigentliche Problem umfasst mehr, ist allgemeiner und wurzelt tief in der
Gesellschaft als Ganzem. Dafür andere zum Sündenbock zu machen, als
Entschuldigung für das Versagen der Gesellschaft, ist dann ein geläufiges
und offensichtlich immer noch erfolgreiches Mittel, das Recht des Stärkeren
Frederick, The Abuse of Child Abuse, The Spectator Nov
Frederick Lawton says there is now hysteria surrounding the whole subject of
Nichol, Sara, Pervert breaks order after just weeks;
Evening Chronicle, March 29, 2008
He was banned from hanging around children, but weeks after being
released from prison he was back. [...]
"He also claimed 30 seconds was not long enough to be classed as loitering. But magistrate Professor Reavley Gair disagreed... ."
O'Carroll, Tom, Sexual Privacy for
Paedophiles and Children
Paper delivered to the Symposium on Sexual Privacy at the annual meeting of the
International Academy of Sex Research, Paris, June 2000, with
Ratajczak, Jim, Widespread
ire over decision to arrest Folsom man; ACLU
says Emmer's loitering charge a dose of overkill; Folsom
Telegraph, April 1, 2008
The 49-year-old Emmer was arrested at his house
March 13 on suspicion of loitering where children gather after a woman's
citizen's arrest warrant alleged Emmer had spoken to
her two children at three different children's-themed events. [...]
One comment reads, "The notion that you can jail people just
for talking, even to children, seems very much in tension with the
First Amendment." Another asks, "Since when is it a crime to
speak to children?"
Reid, Christine, 'Sexually Violent Predator' tag debated;
Attorneys, offenders debate Colorado's use of 'sexually violent predator' designation;
Daily Camera, March 8, 2008
When the court finds a defendant to be a sexually violent predator, it is determined through the pre-sentence report the court gets at the time
of sentencing. A sexually violent predator risk assessment is supposed to be part of that report, and the judge makes the determination after
the prosecutor and defense attorney get a look at the report.
A person being considered for parole from prison also can be administered the sexually violent risk assessment tool and labeled by
the parole board before he or she is set free.
B. Rind, P. Tromovitch and R. Bauserman: The
Clash of Media, Politics and Sexual Science: An examination of the
controversy surrounding the Psychological Bulletin meta-analysis on the assumed
properties of child sexual abuse. Talk at the 1999 Joint Annual meeting of the
Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) and the American
Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). St. Louis,
Missouri, November 1999.
Abstract: Given the recent focus on child sexual abuse (CSA), with
significant implications for public policy and therapy, a scientifically valid
understanding of CSA is vital. Because most prior reviews of the effects of
CSA have been qualitative and based primarily on biased samples, we focused
instead on nonclinical samples and the use of quantitative methods. Basic
assumptions about CSA--that it causes intense harm pervasively regardless of
gender-- were found to be unsupported. Nine months after publication in
Psychological Bulletin, our analysis of the college student data came under
intense attack by the radical right with assistance from traumatologists
associated with the left. This controversy recently culminated with the U.S.
House of Representatives condemning the article in a 355-0 vote. We will
briefly summarize the methods and findings of our analyses, then focus on
subsequent events. Time will be available for attendees to discuss sexual
science, the media, and politics.
Rouvalis, Cristina, Men in tough spot with kids;
Fear of sexual predators, who are usually male, raises suspicions; Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette, January 12, 2008
In a society where pedophiles are outed and shamed as part of prime-time entertainment, it has come to this: Tony Taylor, a Pittsburgh father,
says he wouldn't come to the aid of a crying child lost in the mall.
The Abuse of Power,
From UK Today (Date unknown)
TO JUDGE by much of the media you would think that paedophiles are the main and
constant danger to children. They are not.
Each year about 80 children are murdered - 73 of them will be killed by their
parents or close relatives. On average only seven children will die at the hands
of strangers, and only a couple of these will be motivated by sex.
In fact the stereotype of the 'dirty old man' is far from the truth
R. Underwager and H. Wakefield: Antisexuality
and Child Sexual Abuse. Issues in Child Abuse Accusations 5:2 (Spring 1993).
Abstract: Our current sexual abuse system promotes an antisexual view of
human sexuality. This is seen in the depiction of sex as bad in sexual abuse
prevention programs, the readiness to define a sexual or affectionate
interaction as abusive, the criminalization of childhood sexual behavior, and
the genitalization of human sexuality. The consequences of this are likely to
be negative for children, adults, and the society.
J.S. Victor: Moral panics and
the social construction of deviant behavior: a theory and application to the
case of ritual child abuse. Sociological Perspectives (Fall 1998).
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Abstract: [...] In this article, I suggest a rationale for classifying all
these forms of collective behavior together as moral panics. The objective of
the article is to develop a theory of the causes and transmission of moral
panics. The article first presents criteria for identifying moral panics.
Secondly, the article presents models for analyzing the social conditions that
cause moral panics and lead to the social construction of definitions of
deviance. Finally, the article offers principles for understanding the
international transmission of moral panics. In order to illustrate the
theoretical analysis, the article presents information about the recent moral
panic involving criminal accusations of ritual child abuse by secret, satanic
Richard Webster's [book:] The Secret of Bryn Estyn:
Brislow, Jennie, The making of a modern-day witch hunt;
spiked-online.com, 30 January 2009
The publication of the paperback version of Richard Webster's [book:] The Secret
of Bryn Estyn is a powerful reminder of who is driving today's hysterical anti-paedophile witch hunts: police, judges, politicians -- the
elite, not the mob.
and Sexual Abuse: An English Opinion, in:
Archives of Sexual Behavior, 12/1998
In view of the popular stereotype of priestly pederasts
chasing after choir boys and the many newspaper reports of scoutmasters and the
like "interfering" with boys under their care, the initial lack of
professional interest seems odd, but probably reflects a tradition that boys
should be able to look after themselves.
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Withers, Edwin, Victim of false paedophile slurs tells of his torment;
peterleemail.co.uk, 2nd August 2008
A FORMER miner has told how he contemplated suicide after being hounded
by rumour-mongers who branded him a paedophile. Edwin Withers says he has suffered years of physical and mental abuse
after a whispering campaign against him started eight years ago. Since the false rumours began, his marriage has broken down and close
friends have stopped talking to him.
Yung, Corey, When Does Ordinary Law Enforcement Become a "War on Crime?"
- concurringopinions.com, March 27, 2009
I contend that a criminal war on sex offenders may have already begun.
In reviewing America's history of criminal wars, I have identified three
major characteristics of those conflicts.
[...] there must be a substantial campaign of myth creation.