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Saletan, William, Shag the Dog, The Fray, April 4, 2001
Years ago, advocates of sexual abstinence came up with a clever motto to instill chastity in youngsters. "Pet your dog, not your date," they preached. They may live to regret those words. The love that dare not bark its name is now a front-page topic, raised at White House news conferences and in state legislatures, thanks largely to philosopher Peter Singer. In an essay titled "Heavy Petting," Singer asks: What's wrong with fondling Fido? The essay, coupled with two scandals involving sex with dogs—one confirmed in Maine and the other alleged by investigators in California—has elicited cries of outrage and disgust. But the outcry has been largely thoughtless. It's easy to say that becoming more than friendly with man's best friend is wrong. What's hard is backing up that statement with a principle, and reconciling that principle with your beliefs about meat-eating, sexual orientation, or, in Singer's case, pedophilia. 

Salscheider, Angela, Labeled for Life; Angela Salscheider, wsaw.com, May 2006 
With Web sites that allow you to track where sex offenders live, many of you are now aware some live right in your own neighborhood. That knowledge is putting a new kind of pressure on people to keep themselves and their kids safe, but what you may not know is how this also affects the offenders and their families.

Saltzman, Jonathan, Curley family drops case against NAMBLA; The Boston Globe, April 23, 2008 
"There was never any evidence that NAMBLA was connected to the death of Jeffrey Curley,'' said Wunsch. "It's been our view that for the last eight years, it's been the First Amendment that's been the defendant in this case. In America, there's freedom to publish unpopular ideas, and that's what this case was about."

Sampson, Ovetta, These friends bridge the gap between young and old The (Colorado Springs) Gazette
Michael Atwell arid Bill Brockelman are best buds. The next-door neighbors do everything together. They fish. They fix up old rods and reels. They tell stories. They cruise the flea markets. And after Michael gets out of school, he usually makes a beeline to his Fountain home just to hang out with Brockelman. The two have been friends for four years.
They view their friendship as ordinary But many people might see it as unusual, because Michael is 12 and Bill is 71.

Sandfort, Theo:

McHarry, Mark,  Two Sane Perspectives on Man-Boy Love, From Gay Community News (Boston), December, 1983, Book Review pp. 1-8; Reviews of 

The Man They Called A Monster, Paul Wilson, Cassell Australia Limited, North Ryde, New South Wales, Australia, 1981, 150pp., $12.00

The Sexual Aspect of Paedophile Relations, Theo Sandfort, PAN/Spartacus, Amsterdam, 1982, 136pp., $12.50

Both books show the harm in the current blanket ban on any adult-child relation involving sex. Whether society will come to see this as worse than man-boy relations themselves will probably depend on whether pederasts/pedophiles — and young people — are able to organize and right for their rights.

Sandfort, Theo; Brongersma, Edward & Van Naerssen, Alex; Man-Boy Relationships: Different Concepts for a Diversity of Phenomena; Introduction to Male Intergenerational Intimacy, Journal of Homosexuality Volume 20, 1/2, 1990
In contemporary Western society, intimate and sexual relations between men and boys are considered as immoral, unlawful, psychologically deviant and damaging to the boys involved, regardless of the emotional contexts in which they occur. By almost exclusively studying these relationships as forms of sexual abuse, the social sciences have narrowed our view of this subject. The current social climate makes it rather difficult to look at these relationships in an objective way. 

Sandusky, Kyle
Sex Offenders Myths And Facts
; The Chronicle, Oct 17, 2006 
In lieu of fostering a fearful witch-hunt mentality for election year sound bites, politicians should step up to this societal challenge. Additionally, the media should strive to dispel the myths and create the environment for policy and subsequent legislation to succeed, creating a safe society for all children.

Sarler, Carol, Paedophiles may be mad or bad. But not both. If Gary Glitter is a criminal, and not mentally ill, then he has paid the price and we should not punish him again; The Times August 21, 2008 
"The solution, therefore, is 

either to declare all those on the sex offenders register to be unwell and apply open-ended treatment, compassionately, according to the severity of their condition - 
or to declare them criminals, take our several pounds of flesh and let them go. 

Mad or bad. But we can't, in conscience, have it both ways."

Satter, Andrew, Child prost. claims disputed; UNICEF stands by report alleging border trafficking; The Prague Post, November 6, 2003
The Czech-German border region is a haven for the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Or it isn't. It all depends on whom you ask. 
In late October the German branch of UNICEF, the United Nations organization for children, released a report by the German social-work agency KARO asserting that the borderlands are home to widespread pedophilia and child prostitution. Czech officials said that KARO is home to a self-promoting writer seeking to exploit the issue for publicity purposes.

Sawyer, Miranda, Sex is not just for grown-ups; The Observer, November 2, 2003
The age of consent has been set at 16 for the past century. Now, the Government wants to tighten the law. In this provocative and personal argument Miranda Sawyer says the Home Office is wrong: it would be better for everyone if we lowered the age to 12

Sartwell, Crispin, It's time for us to rethink boyhood, souce unknown
Masculinity still means aggressiveness, but now that aggressiveness is frowned on and pathologized, to the undoubted delight of the makers of Ritalin.
Masculinity in boys seems to be something to be treated rather than something to be celebrated. [...]
If we don't rethink boy- and manhood, we risk creating a seriously asymmetrical generation of young people in which the females have changed but the males haven't, in which femininity is cool and masculinity is medicated. We're creating a generation of boys who are going to be puzzled and conflicted about how to be men. In fact, most men are already puzzled about how to be men. 

Sayed Yaqub Ibrahimi, The Dancing Boys of the North; IWPR, Ariana Afghanistan WorldWide Broadcasting, October 14, 2007 
Wealthy strongmen recruit adolescent boys for entertainment and sex, with the local authorities powerless to stop the practice. 
‘Some men enjoy playing with dogs, some with women. I enjoy playing with boys,’ said Allah Daad, a one-time mujahedin commander in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz. 

Sax, Marjan & Deckwitz, Sjuul, When You Change the Gender, Reality Changes Too, From Paidika, The Journal of Paedophilia, Issue 8, Special Women's Issue
As we have come to understand the subject from a female perspective, we have found it irrelevant, even counter-productive, to label the similar eroto-sexual experiences of women “female paedophilia.” This would only place it in that frame of reference defined and described by the male perspective. The fact that we were unable to find many traces of so-called “female paedophilia” strengthened our feeling that we should reject the use of the term.

Schmidy, Randolph E., Family Members Are Common Kidnappers, The Associated Press
One of parents' major fears is the lurking stranger who suddenly grabs and kidnaps their child.
But a new government study released Monday shows that parents need to worry about more than stranger danger: Youngsters are more likely to be kidnapped by an acquaintance.
The most common kidnapper - listed in 49 percent of cases - is a member of the child's family, said the report ``Kidnapping of Juveniles,'' released by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Programs. 

Schneider, Betty, Jessica's Law triggers mess for state; LA Daily News, 12 September 2006 
Over 70 percent of California voters backed Proposition 83, "Jessica's Law." And, as in Iowa before it, the legislation has engulfed the state in a legal morass. Does it apply retroactively?
Was it framed honestly and precisely? Is it even constitutional?
It's unlikely that most busy citizens who punched "yes" had closely explored Proposition 83's paradoxes and knots. They only saw its bare-bones title, "Sexual Predator Punishment and Control Act" - a red flag raised in the name of kids - and immediately saluted.

Schoets, David, Lesson Lost on Teacher? 3rd Sex Rap - Florida Middle School Teacher Held Without Bond After Her Third Arrest in Six Weeks; ABC News, April 29, 2008
A school resource officer first asked the boy about the rumors and then detectives investigated. They had the boy call Ragusa under police direction and she "admitted to the interaction," the sheriff's office said at the time.

Schofield, Kevin, Call to reduce the age of consent to 14; The Scotsman, Sat 17 Feb 2007  
The controversy over the legal age of consent has been re- ignited after a Scots academic called for it to be lowered to 14. Dr Matthew Waites, a lecturer in sociology at Glasgow University, said lowering the age limit from 16 to 14 for young people who are less than two years apart would recognise the fact that many teenagers regard sex as "normal behaviour". His comments were described as "madness" by a family charity, but one of Scotland's leading child-protection bodies said under-16s who engage in consensual sex should not be criminalised.

Schultz, E.J., Jessica's Law comes to California; Some worry ballot initiative would bring sex offenders to the Valley; Bee Capitol Bureau, 10/23/06 
If the proposition passes, California would become the 26th state to enact a version of Jessica's Law, named for Jessica Lunsford, a 9-year-old Florida girl who was murdered last year by a convicted sex offender.
If the measure passes -- and polls indicate it will -- registered sex offenders would be prohibited from living within 2,000 feet of any school or park. Large parts of urban Los Angeles and San Francisco would be off limits -- but not big chunks of the wide-open San Joaquin Valley. 

[About:] Schultz, Pamela D. 
Schultz speaks out on sexual offender policies
; Author & source unknown; dated December 1, 2006 
Dr. Pamela D. Schultz, associate professor of communications at Alfred University, presented two papers at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association in San Antonio, TX, in November. 
"In the United States, concern over child molestation and child molesters has attained the status of moral panic." 
"The rhetorical constructions of child molesters have inspired politically expedient but ultimately ineffective and potentially even dangerous means of combating the crime, such as Megan's Law." 

Schultz, Pamela D., Treatment for sex offenders can protect community; But the problem of readmitting perpetrators to society will never be solved if we allow misplaced fear and paranoia to guide us; OPINION, By Pamela D. Schultz; Newsday [Melville, NY], December 3, 2006.
The hunt for released sex offenders, in particular child molesters, has become a moral panic, a mass-mediated wave of irrational public fear. Public policy is based on the idea that child molesters lurk in every neighborhood, playground, schoolyard and public park. [...]
Child molesters cannot be hiding beneath every rock; there aren't enough of them. 

Schultz, Pamela D., Treatment for sex offenders can protect community; But the problem of readmitting perpetrators to society will never be solved if we allow misplaced fear and paranoia to guide us; OPINION, By Pamela D. Schultz; Newsday [Melville, NY], December 3, 2006. 
The hunt for released sex offenders, in particular child molesters, has become a moral panic, a mass-mediated wave of irrational public fear. Public policy is based on the idea that child molesters lurk in every neighborhood, playground, schoolyard and public park. [...] 
Child molesters cannot be hiding beneath every rock; there aren't enough of them. 

Schofield, Kevin, Laws to keep children safe 'getting out of hand'; Scotsman, 16 Nov 2006 
New child-protection laws introduced in the wake of the Soham murders are "creating a climate of social distrust" between adults and young people, according to a parents' group.

Scott,Sue;  Stevi Jackson & Kathryn Backett-Milburn,  Swings and roundabouts: risk anxiety and the everyday worlds of children, Sociology 11/1998
A number of key antinomies have emerged in relation to children and childhood in late modernity: in particular, contradictions between recognising children's autonomy and the increasing emphasis on child protection; the paradoxical perception of children as both at risk and as a potential threat to other children and to social order. These contradictions may be expressed as tensions between two conceptualisations of children: as active, knowing, autonomous individuals, on the one hand, and as passive, innocent dependants, on the other. Our focus here is on risk and risk anxiety in general and more specifically on the sexualisation of risk in relation to children and the consequences of this for children's daily lives. In a climate of increased public and professional anxiety about the sexual abuse of children, notions of sexual risk increasingly inform political debate, public policy and child education campaigns around safety and danger.

Sean, Rusty  [External link]
Once there was a boy named Rusty. He was 9 years old. [...]
"No son of mine is going to be a homosexual!" said Father. "God says it's bad. If you don't give up this fireman business, we'll kick you out of the house!" [...]
"What you need is a good family psychiatrist!" said the man on the Gay Hotline. [...]
"Not to worry, folks. Being gay is a perfectly normal variation of human sexuality," said Dr. Goldenberg. "The best thing you can do is to accept Rusty for who he is." [...]

Seaton, Matt, The wrong is in the eye of the beholder -  A part of: Pornography in the eye of the beholder; Context should govern how we judge artistic images of children; March 9, 200, The Guardian 
[...] Artists cannot ultimately control what people make of their work, but there are laws of copyright to restrain improper distribution. Unfortunately, part of the context governing the meaning of these pictures is a state of heightened anxiety about child sex abuse and paedophilia. 
Where images of adult nudity are concerned, we have a category for stuff we haven't quite made up our minds about - a practically useful, if morally gray, area of sexual content known as "the erotic". 
[...] The final irony of the Schneider case is that it is precisely those who are most hysterically insistent on the innocence of childhood who are, by their actions, reneging its possibility. To slap the label of pornography on any nude image of a child is, through fear, to view everything with the tainted eye of the paedophile. Is that really a grown-up way to look at the issue?

Sharpe, Robin, A visit with the doctor, November 1994.
I probably would not have come to Amsterdam if not to see the Old Dutchman, which is how I think of and privately refer to Dr. Edward Brongersma. In my letters I always address to him as Doctor. I had come to admire the Doctor from his writings and our regular correspondence over the previous three years. Dr. Brongersma had a distinguished career as a lawyer and politician in The Netherlands but now is perhaps best known for his extensive writings on boylove which is why I wanted to meet him.

Sigusch, Volkmar, Ein Geschundener: Alexander Ebbinghaus, Sexualmedizin 10/1984, S. 576f.
Pädophilie wird mit jahrzehntelangem Freiheitsentzug bis zum Tod geahndet und ein Geistlicher segnet die Atombombe, die die USA über Hiroshima zünden. Sie nannten die Atombombe Little Boy. Was ist das für eine Welt?

Silent Sufferer, "It is your body" - Gee, what do I tell him? Poor lad; 2007-February-11 
The subject came up about "inappropriate touching". Tommy raised some interesting observations. He's quite astute for his age and very intelligent. He's always thinking for himself.
We discussed this "touching" in detail after he had a lesson in school about good 
touch/bad touch
. The teacher said that no one has the right to touch his body. It nearly made him cry. 
Tommy was utterly confused, and rightfully so. How your body could be yours, but controlled by someone else is a pretty scary concept. The conversation went as follows: [... ... ...]

Silmalis, Linda, Bill Henson scandal prompts overhaul of art laws; The Sunday Telegraph, October 26, 2008 
LAWS regulating child nudity and art will be overhauled in New South Wales the wake of the Bill Henson controversy. 
Photographers and film-makers will no longer be able to rely on a legal defence of "artistic purpose" under one of the biggest shake-ups of NSW child-protection laws.

Silverman, Jon, What is a pornographic photograph? - December 18, 2002 The Guardian 
Jon Silverman reports on the growing paranoia that is now threatening even the most innocent of occasions - the school nativity play.

Singer, Peter, Virtual vices; Daily Times (UK), July 20, 2007 
The burst of publicity about virtual paedophilia in Second Life may have focused on the wrong target. Video games are properly subject to legal controls, not when they enable people to do things that, if real, would be crimes, but when there is evidence on the basis of which we can reasonably conclude that they are likely to increase serious crime in the real world. At present, the evidence for that is stronger for games involving violence than it is for virtual realities that permit

Simon, Stehanie, About Kids and Sex; Many would recoil, but some scholars are urging more open discussion of children's sexuality. Los Angeles Times, June 3, 2002.
Their theories are explosive, even subversive. They are also a very hard sell, especially now, when the horror of predatory priests rumbles ever louder.
Nonetheless, a handful of maverick writers and academics are calling for a cultural revolution when it comes to children and sex. They argue that we protect our children too much. They insist that much of what we fear as "abuse" is actually healthy sexual expression.

Simon, Stephanie, The Problem With 'Consent'; At the time they may have felt grown up, but youngsters who had sexual encounters with adults look back with mixed emotions; Los Angeles Times, June 3, 2002 
Advocates of giving children more sexual freedom insist that most can handle it. They argue that if an adolescent girl says she wants sex, she's expressing a very natural desire -- and should be free to act on it. If she chooses to get intimate with an adult, why should society care?
That's the argument Christine would have made at 13.
"I was so self-righteous," she said. "I kept saying that age doesn't make any difference."
Yet she recognizes now -- after two years of therapy -- that even as she was proclaiming herself in love, she was turning to drugs and alcohol to hide a deepening despair. Consent was starting to feel like coercion

Singer, Peter, Heavy Petting
Not so long ago, any form of sexuality not leading to the conception of children was seen as, at best, wanton lust, or worse, a perversion. One by one, the taboos have fallen. The idea that it could be wrong to use contraception in order to separate sex from reproduction is now merely quaint. [...]
But not every taboo has crumbled. Heard anyone chatting at parties lately about how good it is having sex with their dog? Probably not. Sex with animals is still definitely taboo.

Smit, Kim, Web site down after filing of suit; Sex-convict registry critic besieged by harsh online criticism; ARIZONA DAILY STAR, 2008 
If you Google Jan Kruska's name, you'll find dozens of Web sites calling her a pedophile, a convicted child molester, a psychopath and an advocate for sex offenders.
Since she testified against sex-offender registries to a state legislative hearing in 2006, the 38-year-old mother of four has seen her picture, address, phone numbers and other personal information published on often-anonymous Internet venues.

Smith, Jordan

The Satanic Abuse Scare; The Austin Chronicle, March 27, 2009 
The sensational charges against Fran and Danny Keller and their home day care were not unique. By 1992, the year the Kellers were tried, about 100 child-care workers across the country had been charged with ritual sex abuse of children, and 20 day care workers had been convicted in similar cases. 
The most notorious concerned the McMartin Preschool in Manhattan Beach, Calif. There, more than 300 children would eventually make statements accusing their teachers not only of sexually violating them but also of subjecting them to bizarre, ritualistic abuse.
Believing the Children; The Austin Chronicle, March 27, 2009 
It's likely Fran and Danny Keller were innocent of charges of child sexual abuse, but they're still in prison after 17 years. When the little girl on the witness stand said, "No, it didn't happen," Frances Keller put her head in her hands and began to sob. [...]
[...] there is a growing body of psychological research reflecting that, essentially, the opposite is true – that children can easily be led to make up stories and even come to believe those stories – often with the help of inexperienced or credulous interviewers. Moreover, experts on the forensic interviewing of children say that the recorded Keller case interviews are prime examples of poor technique and manufactured testimony – effectively useless as evidence. 
Children and Testimony; The Austin Chronicle, March 27, 2009 
There is a growing body of psychological research reflecting that children can easily be led to make up stories, often with the help of inexperienced or credulous interviewers. 

Smith, Craig S., Kandahar: Quieto, que es secreto abierto: los jefes militares y la pedofilia
The New York Times , 21 de febrero de 2002
KANDAHAR, Afganistán  — En el siglo XIX,  miembros de la
tribu Pastun luchando en el ejercito colonial de Gran Bretaña cantaban odas sobre su anhelo por los niños jóvenes.  
Hace mucho tiempo que la homosexualidad, envuelta en la tradición de vínculos masculinos fuertes que son el sello distintivo de la cultura islámica y son aun más pronunciados en la sociedad estricta segregada del sur de Afganistán, ha sido una parte clandestina de la vida aquí. 

Smith, Jennifer, Residency laws for sex offenders under microscope; Restrictions aim to prevent repeat crimes, but critics say all laws do is prevent offenders from rebuilding lives; Newsday [Melville, NY], December 3, 2006 
1) Article 
2) Voices in the sex offender debate - Several authors 
3) Pending and and current laws on LI 
Experts in sex-offender treatment and recidivism say there is little proof such measures keep communities safer or prevent sex offenders from striking again. [..] Experts say making it harder for sex offenders to find housing can lead to stress and instability, which can increase the likelihood they will re-offend. 
"Most sex offenders do not re-offend," said Karl Hanson, a senior research officer with Public Safety Canada who studied sex offenders for two decades.

Smiths, Mark K., Young people, informal education and association, Mark K. Smiths, September 2001 
In this paper, compiled for the Young People and Informal Education Conference held at the University of Strathclyde in September 2001, Mark K. Smith argues for the recovery of association as a central theme in work with young people, and the need to re-embrace the notion of the club.

Southcoast Today, Churches grapple with allowing sex offenders to join spiritual community; May 25, 2008  
Religious communities minister to people's spiritual needs, offering a place for healing -- but what happens when the person seeking restoration is a convicted sex offender?

Spiecker, Ben & Steutel, Jan, Paedophilia, Sexual Desire and Perversity, Journal of Moral Education, 09/01/1997; This paper first criticises the justifications that are given by paedophiles for having sex with children.

Stix, Nicholas, Child Molester Hysteria in New York; Many of those who claim to be dedicated to protecting children are actually more interested in terrorizing grownups; 29 January 2005, webcommentary.com. 
Apparently, a new child molester is roaming South Queens, New York – me! 
I say that, because recently a girl of about 11 years of age walking in my neighborhood kept nervously looking over her shoulder at me. When I sought to comfort her with a kindly smile, she became even more alarmed. 

Streets safer for children than ever before, 11th June 2000, Author & source unknown
New research has established that the frequency of child abduction, murder, attack and injury in car accidents is lower than for a decade - but parents are increasingly anxious. The myth of lurking danger behind every street corner has so alarmed the children's charity Play Scotland that at a conference in Glasgow yesterday it set out to convince parents that they are damaging children by being unnecessarily overprotective.

Stutzman, René, Woman accused of raping 5-year-old still jailed awaiting trial; Sentinel, November 25, 2007 
Eleven years ago, Kelly Lumadue, then 21, had sex with a 5-year-old boy. There's no disputing it. It was captured on videotape. But should she spend the rest of her life in prison? [...] 
The boy, now age 16, was not a witness at her trial. He does not remember what happened. [...] But just because the boy does not remember, does that mean he was unharmed? That is impossible to know, said Dr. Barbara Mara ...

Sunday Times, Articles about the overprotection of children in the UK:

a. 'Stranger danger' warning to young - draws criticism. " CHILDREN as young as two should be taught the rudiments of personal safety and advised never to talk to strangers, a children's charity will say today."

b. Paranoid parents 'denying children freedom to play, 3rd August 1999. "CHILDREN are being denied the opportunities for play enjoyed by previous generations because of their parents' paranoia, research will confirm this week."

c. Comment in the Sunday Times. {..} " Had I been a man, she'd have called the police. Nowadays, the only unpaid adult interested in our children is expected to be a paedophile."

Swallows, Amazons... prisoners, July 15 2000, author & source unknown
We take away our children's freedom, something which for adults would be called a right. Each time I write about this subject I get letters from fellow mothers who say they have been shunned by the parents of their children's friends because they are deemed to have an "irresponsible" attitude to safety. I say the responsible way to behave is to keep your fears in proportion, train your children to cope with danger and allow them to reclaim the streets.